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'Thanks for supporting us': Kate and Gerry McCann's message to the public on seventh anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance

HOMEPAGE NEWS REPORTS INDEX ROTHLEY 7 YEARS ON NEWS MAY 2014
BLOGS MISSING ANNIVERSARY'S 01,  02, 03 ,04 ,05 ,06, 07
Original Source: Mirror Saturday 03 May 2014

May 03, 2014 19:08
By Anthony Bond

 

About 100 well-wishers, friends and relatives gathered in the McCann's hometown to mark the seventh year since Madeleine went missing in Portugal

 

Kate and Gerry McCann today thanked the public for their support during a prayer service to mark the seventh anniversary of their daughter's disappearance.

 

The couple were joined by about 100 well-wishers, friends and relatives for the low-key open-air service in the centre of their hometown.

 

The half-hour service saw candles being lit for all children around the world who have been taken away from their parents against their will.

 

Madeleine, then aged three, went missing on May 3 2007, part-way through a family holiday in Portgual.

 

During the service in Rothley, Leicestershire, Mrs McCann gave a reading adapted from the words of a song.

 

"Here we are again, and more significantly, here you are again," she told those present.

 

"Having your support has a huge difference, so thank you."

 

Mr McCann expressed his family's gratitude that the Metropolitan Police team investigating Madeleine's disappearance was now moving on to a "very active" phase in their investigation.

 

 "I would just like to echo what Kate said and thank you all for coming to support us over the past seven years," he said.

 

Referring to the latest inquiries into Madeleine's disappearance, Mr McCann added: "They are chipping away and obviously there is new evidence so we are going to continue to hope that we will get a happy outcome."

 

Speaking before the service, Mrs McCann's uncle, Brian Kennedy, said all four churches in the village had provided a tremendous support to the family.

 

The retired headmaster, who lives in Rothley, said local people had also been extremely supportive.

 

Asked how he felt on the anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance, Mr Kennedy, 75, said: "Much the same as I was seven years ago - hopeful.

 

"But, as Kate always says, we would just like to know something. The worst part is not knowing where Madeleine is."

 

Speaking earlier this week, Mrs McCann revealed that she privately returns to the Portuguese resort where her daughter disappeared to "walk those streets" and "look for answers".

 

She told the BBC that she returns quietly to Praia da Luz at least once or twice a year to feel close to her eldest daughter.

 

Mrs McCann's comments to the BBC came as she backed a revamped alert system triggered when missing children are kidnapped or their lives are at risk - known as Child Rescue Alerts.

 

She said: "When a child is abducted, families are devastated and entire communities are torn apart.

 

"The agony of not knowing where your child is is almost impossible to imagine.

PHOTO GALLERY

Kate McCann, the mother of missing Madeleine McCann, speaks during a low-key open-air service in the centre of Rothley, Leicestershire, on the seventh anniversary of her disappearance
Tributes to missing Madeleine McCann, at a low-key open-air service in the centre of Rothley, Leicestershire, on the seventh anniversary of the girl's disappearance
Tributes to missing Madeleine McCann, at a low-key open-air service in the centre of Rothley, Leicestershire, on the seventh anniversary of the girl's disappearance
Gerry and Kate McCann, the parents of missing Madeleine McCann, during a low-key open-air service in the centre of Rothley, Leicestershire, on the seventh anniversary of her disappearance
Gerry and Kate McCann, the parents of missing Madeleine McCann, during a low-key open-air service in the centre of Rothley, Leicestershire, on the seventh anniversary of her disappearance

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