Show of faces of the missing

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BEN Needham, and South Yorkshire teenager Andrew Gosden, were among the children whose pictures were held aloft in a moving display at Wembley to raise awareness of the tens of thousands of youngsters who go missing every year.

Members of the Rock Choir, a community singing phenomenon sweeping the country, filled the London stadium with posters of some of the 100,000 children who go missing in the UK each year.

Ben Needham, from Sheffield, was 21 months old when he went missing in Greece in 1991, and Andrew has not been seen since he headed for school from his home at Littlemoor Lane, Balby, Doncaster, nearly four years ago, when he was 14.

He was caught on CCTV cameras leaving Kings Cross Station in London the same day as he went missing.

His parents Kevin and Glenys have campaigned tirelessly to try to find him, writing to every school in the country to try to track him down. Earlier this year they arranged for a search of the River Thames.

Other missing children whose photographs were held aloft included Madeleine McCann, who went missing aged three on holiday in Portugal in May 2007; Jamie Cheesman, who was 16 when she was reported missing in November 1993 after staying with friends in Grimsby; and Katrice Lee, who was two when she disappeared in Germany more than 29 years ago.

Photos were also displayed of Alexander Sloley, who was 16 when he went missing from Edmonton, north London, in 2008; Carmel Fenech, who was 16 when she went missing from Crawley in 1998; and Damien Nettles, who was 16 when he went missing after a night out with friends in Cowes on the Isle of Wight in 1996.

Caroline Redman Lusher, director of the Rock Choir, said: “If we can help just one missing child be brought home to safety, it will all have been worthwhile.”