Thousands rally to support Paige Doherty’s family

Friends, family and members of the local community turned out for a vigil in Clydebanks Whitecrook Park on Saturday to share their memories of Paige Doherty. Picture: PA

Friends, family and members of the local community turned out for a vigil in Clydebanks Whitecrook Park on Saturday to share their memories of Paige Doherty. Picture: PA

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Thousands of members of the public have shown their solidarity with the family of murdered teenager Paige Doherty by joining a social media tribute site set up by one of her closest friends.

Almost 14,000 people have signed up to the Pout for Paige group on Facebook, leaving tributes to the 15-year-old and messages for her friends and family.

It comes after hundreds of people turned out at Clydebank’s Whitecrook Park on Saturday night at a memorial event organised by Paige’s friends.

The page was set up by Amy Crawford, after Paige’s mother, Pamela Munro, told how her daughter loved to take photographs of herself pouting. Encouraging people to post their own photos, Ms Crawford said: “If everyone would put a pic of them pouting and caption it ‘Pout For Paige’ it would mean so much to Pamela.”

Since it was set up on Friday evening, people from around the world have liked the group and left messages of condolence.

One poster, Gemma Porter, wrote: “I have followed Paige’s story since she first went missing. My daughter and I are pouting from the Gold Coast, Australia.

“I just want her family to know they are in my thoughts and I am grieving right along with the rest of my wee home town.”

She added: “I was born and bred in Clydebank. I know that this will have rocked the town. But with devastation this beautiful girl has also brought out the best in everyone.”

People have also been posting tributes on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #poutforpaige.

A search was launched when Paige, from Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, was reported missing on 19 March. Her body was found two days later in bushes at the side of Great Western Road.

A 31-year-old man appeared in court on Saturday charged with the murder of the teenager.

John Leathem made no plea during a private hearing at Dumbarton Sheriff Court and was remanded in custody.

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