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Dad of Claudia Lawrence Organises Carol Service for Loved Ones of Missing People

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1:33pm 10th December 2012

The first Missing People Northern Carol Service is taking place in York this afternoon.

The service has been organised by Peter Lawrence, father of York chef, Claudia Lawrence who has been missing since March 2009.

It starts at 2.30 pm at St.Chad's Church, Campleshon Road and will be taken by their Vicar Canon Simon Stanley with the Choir of Headlands Primary School, Haxby, York leading the singing.

Peter Lawrence said, "Each year, Missing People holds a Carol Service in London for the families, friends and supporters of those missing. Both these services will take place on Monday and, given the indifferent weather, I hope that many people in the North will join us in York as all the tickets for the London one have been taken. No tickets, however, are needed for the York service and anyone can come and show their support for families of the missing. There will also be an opportunity to light candles during the service."

A welcome on behalf of the charity Missing People will be given by its Honorary Treasurer, Ben Houghton. The readers include the Lord Mayor, Cllr.Keith Hyman, Harry Gration from BBC Look North, Adam Tomlinson from BBC Radio York, Chris Pearce, Head Teacher of Headlands School, Neil Root who is writing a book about Claudia, Peter Lawrence and Peter's friend & spokesman Martin Dales. Claudia's friend, Suzy Cooper will also be sharing her thoughts with the congregation.

After the service, there will be a collection for Missing People.

This will be followed by refreshments which have been kindly donated by Thomas the Baker of Helmsley and Tate-Smith of Malton, Claudia's town of her birth. All the posters and orders of service have generously been designed and printed by The Press in York.

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