Madeleine McCann's parents insist 'hope and perseverance remain'

 Kate McCann at the ceremony for her missing daughter in her home village of Rothley, Leicestershire

 Kate McCann at the ceremony for her missing daughter in her home village of Rothley, Leicestershire

Madeleine McCann's devastated mother Kate marked the 11th anniversary of her daughter's kidnap with a heartbreaking poem.

Kate and Gerry McCann were joined by a 70-strong crowd in their home village, on Thursday, where they spoke publicly about Madeline's disappearance in 2007. 

Kate read a poem called The Contradiction, with haunting words: 'I trace your steps, I map your face. You're all I know and so unknown. I cannot hold you, yet I do.'

Brave Kate and Gerry McCann cling onto a glimmer of hope that 'their little girl' who they describe as 'a real little person' could still be alive as they said 'hope and perseverance remain'.     

And in a message to mark another painful milestone they vowed: 'We will do whatever it takes to find her.' 

Crowds gathered at a war memorial in Rothley, Leicestershire, to pray for Maddie's safe return. The memorial is home to a 'beacon of hope' lantern which shines around the clock, for Maddie.  

Eminent heart doctor Gerry, 49, who has just returned from a hectic work trip to Scotland, thanked the 70-strong crowd for turning out. 

He said: 'It means an awful lot for so many people to come out on such an unhappy day - another anniversary. But it gives us strength and your support for us is tremendous.'

During the 25-minute gathering a sombre-looking Kate handed out Maddie bookmarks, with a prayer which the crowd chanted together. The former GP, 5O, dressed in jeans and purple hooded jacket, later hugged supporters. 

The McCann's also revealed Scotland Yard received another £154,000 to continue the investigation into her disappearance in Portugal in 2007, for another six months.

In a posting on the official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page the pair revealed that 'work goes on' to find her.

Kate and Gerry McCann attend an outdoor gathering in their home village to pray for their daughter who vanished on holiday in Portugal on May 3, 2007

Kate and Gerry McCann attend an outdoor gathering in their home village to pray for their daughter who vanished on holiday in Portugal on May 3, 2007

Villagers in Leicestershire gathered at a memorial where a 'beacon of hope' lantern shines for missing Maddie McCann 11 years after her disappearance in Portugal 

Villagers in Leicestershire gathered at a memorial where a 'beacon of hope' lantern shines for missing Maddie McCann 11 years after her disappearance in Portugal 

A computerised image of what police believe Madeline McCann will look like now is displayed at an event in her honour in Leicestershire 

A computerised image of what police believe Madeline McCann will look like now is displayed at an event in her honour in Leicestershire 

Kate and Gerry McCann revealed the hunt for their daughter is still going after police were granted further funds to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Maddie in Praia da Luz

Kate and Gerry McCann revealed the hunt for their daughter is still going after police were granted further funds to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Maddie in Praia da Luz

Kate and Gerry McCann continue to hunt for their missing daughter Maddie who will now be fourteen-years-old

Kate and Gerry McCann continue to hunt for their missing daughter Maddie who will now be fourteen-years-old

Kate and Gerry cling onto a glimmer of hope that 'their little girl' who they describe as 'a real little person' could still be alive

Kate and Gerry cling onto a glimmer of hope that 'their little girl' who they describe as 'a real little person' could

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