A new video of Madeleine McCann was released as her parents issue a new appeal for help in finding the youngster.

The footage was shot around Christmas 2006, a few months before Madeleine disappeared from her parents' vacation apartment in Portugal.

It is the first time a recording of Madeleine speaking has been made public.

The video shows Madeleine dancing around dressed in a fairy outfit.

She jokingly hits her father with a soft toy and speaks proudly of her new pink shoes.

She is seen sitting on the stairs of the McCanns' home in Rothley, Leicestershire, flanked by her younger siblings, twins Sean and Amelie.

She encourages her brother and sister to copy her gestures, saying: "Clap your hands together and one, two, three."

Madeleine then holds up her new pair of shoes and says: "These are my shoes."

Behind the camera her father asks her what color they are, and she answers: "Pink."

The little girl - who was three at the time - then leaps up from the stairs and dances around the wooden floor, waving her shoes and looking up at the light streaming in from a window.

The video concludes with an emotional appeal from the McCanns.

"Christmas is a time for children. Please help bring our daughter back," they say.

"This will be our second Christmas without our daughter. Please help us make sure we don't have a third."

"Kate and Gerry do not wish to say anything further," said McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell. "They feel the video will speak for itself."

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