Macca's Tribute For Moors Murders Victim
Sir Paul McCartney has sent his best wishes to the family of Moors murders victim Keith Bennett ahead of a memorial service for the murdered schoolboy, Sky News can exclusively reveal.
Beatles music will be played at the service because it was Keith's favourite band.
The schoolboy went missing in June 1964 - but it was another 20 years before Ian Brady and Myra Hindley admitted killing the 12-year-old and burying his body on Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester.
Relatives of some of the other Moors murder victims will attend the special memorial service at Manchester Cathedral and light candles in memory of their loved ones.
Keith's mother Winnie Johnson will speak at the event and thank all the people who have helped in the ultimately fruitless 45-year search for her son's body.
She told Sky: "This is not closure. It is not a funeral and I am not saying goodbye to Keith. As long as there is breath in my body, I will not give up hope of finding his body."
Ms Johnson said she wanted to thank the police and the media for "keeping her hopes alive" for so many years.
"I have been to Saddleworth Moor many times and, despite what people may think, I like it there because it is where I feel close to Keith," she said.
Greater Manchester Police called off a fresh search on Saddleworth Moor last year after extensive surveys using specialist technology had failed to reach a breakthrough.
The memorial service will be led by Bishop of Manchester Nigel McCulloch.
A final committal for Keith Bennett will be read by family priest Father Ian Gomersall.
Members of the public are invited to attend.