By DAISY SAMPSON firstname.lastname@example.org
A vigil was held at the church in Praia da Luz on May 3 to mark the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from the town.
The half hour event on Tuesday evening was well attended by Portuguese and foreign residents along with visitors to the town who also came to support the continued search for Madeleine McCann.
A message from Kate McCann was sent and read by Susan Hubbard at the service.
Father Haynes Hubbard, told the Algarve Resident: “The service for Madeleine was extremely well attended and the number of people who came to pray for the safe return of Madeleine exceeded all of our expectations.
“Local residents of all nationalities and also a fair number of tourists joined us in the service where the message was very clear – this was not a memorial, Madeleine is still missing.”
He added: “While it may have been a long time since Madeleine first went missing, the case of her disappearance is not old news for her mummy and daddy and to all of the people who continue to look for her.”
During the service the congregation was “challenged” not to give up the search for Madeleine and to pray for all missing children.
“There is still no reason to believe that Madeleine will not be found, the search will continue,” he said.
After the vigil, candles were lit and placed outside the church as a symbol of light and hope in the search for Madeleine McCann.
No members of the McCann family were present at the vigil as Kate and Gerry McCann were marking the anniversary at their home in Rothley, Leicestershire.
Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “The anniversary is normally a very low-key occasion at home for them.”
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