FAMILY and friends of murdered schoolgirl Nikki Allan have been asked to wear pink to mark what would have been her 27th birthday.
Seven-year-old Nikki’s body was found in the then-derelict Exchange Building, in High Street East, close to her home at Wear Garth, in October 1992.
She had been beaten around the head and stabbed in the chest.
The event next month at The Queens pub, in Ryhope, will bring together supporters of mum Sharon Henderson’s battle to catch her daughter’s killer.
Since her death, her mother Sharon Henderson has tirelessly fought for justice and has vowed to continue her battle until Nikki’s murderer is put behind bars.
Last September, Sharon launched a Facebook page and in October an online petition – Justice for Nikki Allan – as a way to get people to back her campaign.
She has also lobbied the Prime Minister, MPs, the Home Secretary and the Association of Chief Police Officers.
She said: “It is really to thank all the people who have supported Nikki’s petition.
“It is great at the moment about the information that has been coming back to me.
“Hopefully more people will sign the petition and get the case reopened.”
Sharon has asked people coming to the event on Saturday, September 29, to wear pink.
“Pink was Nikki’s favourite colour,” she said. “I would love it if people would wear even a little bit of pink.”
Jobless neighbour George Heron was charged with murdering Nikki after confessing to detectives.
But the confession never made it to trial after the judge ruled it had been obtained under oppressive questioning.
Heron was cleared of all criminal charges in November 1993, but was later ordered to pay damages to the family after a civil case.
The remembrance starts at 7pm and supporters are welcome to turn up without a ticket.