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                                                                                Gerry McCann speaks of



                                                                                his battle with depression



                                                                                The father of Madeleine McCann is due to speak about his
                                                                                battle with depression in an interview with BBC Radio 4.


                                                                                       erry McCann      “When I read the Pearl  some time with Kate and
                                                                                       granted the      poem, I could see echoes  talking to her about life
                                                                                       interview in order  in it with Madeleine’s  without Madeleine and
                                                                                Gto raise               situation and our loss.  the campaign to find her.”
                                                                                awareness of mental     “I decided it was a good  He added: “Gerry’s voice
                                                                                health issues and help  opportunity to say      hasn’t been heard as
                                                                                “men in similar positions”.  something about the  much, and after reading
                                                                                The programme is set to  special bond between   the poem he agreed to
                                                                                feature “Pearl”, by Simon  fathers and daughters,  give an extended
                                                                                Armitage, a modern      thinking that speaking  interview, to tell his side of
                                                                                translation of a medieval  openly might help other  the story in terms of how
                                                                                poem about a father’s   men in similar positions. It  men deal with loss and
                                                                                grief after losing his  feels like the right time.”  grief in a world where
                                                                                daughter, which will be  Simon Armitage said:   they’re usually expected
                                                                                intercut with the interview.  “Pearl is one of the most  to stay strong and silent.
                                                                                Gerry and his wife Kate  moving poems in the    “I knew that religion plays
                                                                                McCann vowed never to   language, written by a  an important part in the
                                                                                stop looking for their  man grieving over the loss  McCanns’ family life, as it
                                                                                missing daughter, who   of his young daughter.  does for the author of
                                                                                vanished aged three     “While translating it into  Pearl, who seeks
                                                                                while the family were on  modern English I kept  consolation through his
                                                                                holiday in       Portugal.  thinking of the McCann  faith.”
                                                                                Mr McCann said: “As a   family and their daughter  Gerry McCann will appear
                                                                                family we’d worked with  Madeleine.             on the BBC Radio 4
                                                                                Simon Armitage before,  “I’d written a poem for the  programme “Pearl: Two
                                                                                and know what a         family to mark the one  Fathers, Two Daughters”
                                                                                sensitive, thoughtful writer  thousandth day of her  on 29 September.
                                                                                he is.                  disappearance, spending                 TPN/PA
       Gerry McCann has opened up about mental health issues he has suffered. (Photo:  Joe
      Gerry McCann has opened up about mental health issues he has suffered. (Photo:  Joe
      Gerry McCann has opened up about mental health issues he has suffered. (Photo:  Joe
       Gerry McCann has opened up about mental health issues he has suffered. (Photo:  Joe
       Gerry McCann has opened up about mental health issues he has suffered. (Photo:  Joe
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                                                                               Drone forces plane to alter approach
                                                                               route to Lisbon airport
                                                                                A plane was forced to alter its approach route to Lisbon airport on Monday
                                                                                A plane was forced to alter its approach route to Lisbon airport on Monday
                                                                                A plane was forced to alter its approach route to Lisbon airport on Monday
                                                                                A plane was forced to alter its approach route to Lisbon airport on Monday
                                                                                A plane was forced to alter its approach route to Lisbon airport on Monday
                                                                                after the aircraft ahead of it crossed paths with a drone.
                                                                                after the aircraft ahead of it crossed paths with a drone.
                                                                                after the aircraft ahead of it crossed paths with a drone.
                                                                                after the aircraft ahead of it crossed paths with a drone.
                                                                                after the aircraft ahead of it crossed paths with a drone.
                                                                                 The France Soleil plane changed its  Maputo reported seeing a drone over the
                                                                                approach after a TAP plane said it had  major Segunda Circular road.
                                                                                come within close proximity of a drone  There have been 16 incidents involving
                                                                                while coming in to land.            drones and civil aviation reported in
                                                                                 The pilot of the TAP airbus A340 from  Portugal since January.
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