THE father of
Claudia Lawrence was joined by missing
McCann's mother for a candlelit vigil in York Minster.
Yesterday was the 37th birthday of the missing York chef, and her father
Peter walked side-by-side with
Kate McCann and others, through York,
to the service for loved ones who have disappeared.
The Archbishop of York,
Dr John Sentamu said the ceremony was
to let people show their support for the families of Claudia Lawrence,
Mrs McCann's daughter, Madeleine and others who had gone missing.
Mr Lawrence, 64, said the vigil was for all missing people and their
relatives, friends and the general public.
Looking back over the two years since his daughter disappeared, Mr
Lawrence said he was determined to keep Claudia in the public eye.
'It's obviously difficult but I made mind up at the beginning of this
that that's what I would do so that's why I am here,' he said.
'I am told that information is still trickling in. That's why I'm here
saying please give whatever information you have to the police.'
He then led a procession from the Mansion House in St Helen's Square, to
the West Doors of the Minster for the Vigil at the high altar, where
candles were lit.
On marking Claudia's birthday, her friend, Suzy Cooper, said: 'It's one
of those difficult things, because with it being her birthday you would
want her to be there. So maybe we will have a few drinks and just say
Mrs McCann said: 'Our daughters are different ages and the circumstances
are very different but we share the same pain and fear and hope.
'This is actually the first time I have met Peter, I have been in touch
with his wife.
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
'The Archbishop, John Sentamu, has also been very supportive. He has
never forgotten us.'
Meanwhile, a North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "The investigation
into the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence is still continuing, although
there have been no major developments.
"We would ask anyone with information to contact us.'