McCann’s grandmother today spoke of her pride in daughter
Kate as they faced this evening’s first anniversary of the
the milestone no-one wanted but in a bid to keep their
four-year-old daughter in the headlines, Liverpool-born Kate
McCann and husband Gerry put themselves back in the glare of
publicity with a series of TV interviews.
Kate’s mother, Susan Healy from Allerton, told the ECHO: "I
know the person Kate is. I know how self-effacing and shy
she is as a person. She’s been thrust into this public role,
but she has carried it out admirably.
very pleased that Kate and Gerry were given the platform to
say what they wanted to say.""I am
just so very, very proud of Kate."
mass for Madeleine will be held at 6.30pm today at Our Lady
of the Annunciation, Bishop Eton, Woolton Road, Childwall.
Gerry were married at the church in December 1998 and it is
where Kate’s mum prayed before Madeleine, an IVF baby, was
said: "Everyone is welcome. There will be special prayers
and songs for Madeleine and the bidding prayers will be read
will be taken by parish priest Father Des Keegan. He will be
assisted by Father Paul Seddon, the priest who married Kate
and Gerry at Bishop Eton and baptised Madeleine at the Holy
Name church in Fazakerley. The readings will be given by
ministers from local churches.
keeping with the low-key nature of the anniversary, Kate and
Gerry are spending the day in Rothley, Leicestershire, with
three- year-old twins Sean and Amelie. People are invited to
light candles at their own homes this evening.
Football Club is to light up the sky for Madeleine by
switching on its floodlights between 9.30 and 10pm – the
time the youngster went missing.
But it is
again being stressed that the stadium will remain closed
when the gesture is made.
Gerry have asked people to call a new
dedicated phone line if they have any
information about Madeleine’s whereabouts