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Memorial for missing backpacker
Mountains near Queenstown, New Zealand
Ms Timings' helicopter is thought to have crashed in the mountains
A memorial service has been held for a Gloucestershire backpacker missing and feared dead after a helicopter crash in New Zealand.

Friends and family of Hannah Timings, 28, gathered in the village hall at Toddington, near Cheltenham, on Saturday to remember her.

Ms Timings is believed to have died when the helicopter she was in came down on the South Island on 3 January.

Despite air and ground searches, no trace of the crash site has been found.

'Sad occasion'

More than 200 people, including Ms Timings' parents, brother and sister, took part in the memorial.

Friends of the former furniture buyer came from as far afield as France, China and New Zealand.

Her father, Philip, said: "It was a beautiful day - the sun shone. It was a very, very sad occasion, but it was a very nice day.

"It is good to know that so many people loved her enough to make that sort of effort."

Ms Timings and helicopter pilot Campbell Montgomerie, 27, were flying from Queenstown to Milford Sound when they were caught in bad weather and lost contact with air traffic control.

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