Maddie McCann’s mum Kate joins mourners at funeral for late Everton chairman and Coronation Street star Bill Kenwright
MADELEINE McCann’s mum Kate today joined mourners at Everton chairman Bill Kenwright’s funeral.
The ex-Corrie star tragically died in October – just months after he went under the knife to remove a cancerous tumour.
Today the masses gathered to bid farewell to Kenwright – including missing Maddie’s mum.
The McCann family have always been massive Everton fans, with Maddie pictured wearing a club shirt in one of her final known photos.
And today Kate McCann was snapped making her way into Liverpool Cathedral for Kenwright’s memorial service.
She donned a blue Everton scarf, with another the same colour underneath.
The mum and husband Gerry appeared close to Kenwright, and had been snapped in the stands alongside the chairman at Goodison Park in 2014.
In the days after three-year-old Maddie disappeared in Portugal in 2007, the club rallied behind the McCanns.
Former captain Philip Neville put out a plea, begging for the safe return of the youngster.
MEN reported Neville, who is now the coach of US team the Portland Timbers, said at the time: “As a parent it is so hard to imagine the terrible time Madeleine and her family must be going through at the moment.
“I just want to appeal for Madeleine’s safe return. If anybody knows anything at all about the whereabouts of Madeleine, please contact the police.
“My thoughts go out to Madeleine and her family at this extremely distressing time. I, like everyone across the country, just want Madeleine to be back safe in the arms of her parents.
“Everton has fans all over the world and I know that they, along with everyone connected with the football club, are hoping and praying for Madeleine’s safe return.”
Two years after the youngster vanished, the club launched an international campaign in the hopes of bringing Maddie back to the front of people’s minds.
They printed thousands of T-shirts that bore the message: “We’re Still Looking For You.”
The club printed 3,000 in English, and the same number in Portuguese.
It was the late Kenwright who said at the time: “This is just our way of reminding people – not just in the UK and Portugal but across the globe – that this child is still out there somewhere.
“If we can, perhaps, jog someone’s memory or breathe a little fresh life into the hunt for her then it will have been worth it. I know our supporters will wear these T-shirts with pride on Thursday night.”
Kenwright’s partner Jenny Seagrove and daughter Lucy announced they were “devastated” by his death in recent weeks.
They said he passed away “peacefully” surrounded by his loved ones after a “long battle with illness”.
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