THE parents of missing Madeleine McCann and
Claudia Lawrence held a vigil for their missing daughters
Peter Lawrence and
Kate McCann united to say prayers of
hope at York Minster on Claudia's 37th birthday.
The chef went missing in March 2009 and police have since launched a
Madeleine disappeared while on holiday with her family in Portugal in 2007.
Kate said: "It is nice to spend some time with some people who are in
the same position as you.
"Our daughters are different ages and the circumstances are different
but we share the same pain and fear and hope.
"Today is the first time I have met Peter. I have been in touch with his
"It is nice to be able to support each other because it is one of those
things that, unless you have been in that situation it is very difficult
Peter, 64, and Kate, 42, met in the centre of York before walking to the
They marched along with family and friends, holding up a placard with
Claudia's picture on it and the question 'Where are you?'
Peter, of Slingsby, Yorkshire, is a member of the cathedral's
congregation. He believes
He said: "The service is not just for Claudia, we have organised it for
other missing people too.
"Today is difficult, just like Christmas was but on every occasion we
have to make the fact that Claudia is missing apparent. Kate got in
touch when she heard that we were having this event and she said that
she wanted to come along.
"It is nice to raise awareness for both of our daughters and for the
families to come together."
At the vigil, Kate and Peter were presented with a blue candle each
before prayers were said for their daughters and other missing people.
Archbishop of York
addressed the congregation
of 50 people.
He said: "I have a picture of Claudia and a picture of Maddie next to my
computer and I pray for them every day."