Sunday, February 27, 2011

York Minster vigil for missing Claudia Lawrence

Claudia Lawrence went missing in March 2009

York Minster vigil for missing Claudia Lawrence

A candlelit vigil is being held at York Minster later to mark the 37th birthday of missing chef Claudia Lawrence.

The service will be led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, and the Dean of York, the Very Reverend Keith Jones.

The York University chef was last seen in the city on 18 March, 2009. Police have since scaled back their suspected murder investigation.

Her father Peter Lawrence said he still believed his daughter was alive.

The service will start with an informal procession from the Mansion House, in St Helen's Square, at 1430 GMT before entering the Minster at 1445 GMT.

Mr Lawrence, of Slingsby, North Yorkshire, is a member of the Minster congregation.

He said: "I think somewhere along the way, if anything had happened to Claudia, I would have felt it inside, and in fact the Archbishop expresses the same thing.

"Whenever he sees me he says, 'she's alive man, I can feel it'."

Miss Lawrence was born in Malton, North Yorkshire, and lived in the Heworth area of York.

Despite a high-profile investigation, one of the largest carried out by North Yorkshire Police, no trace of her has been found.