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Scottish firefighters' band records charity single in memory of 9/11 crews

Published 09/09/2016

Tthe charity single by Celtic rock band the Red Hot Chilli Pipers to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
Tthe charity single by Celtic rock band the Red Hot Chilli Pipers to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

A charity single is set to raise funds in memory of the New York firefighters killed in the September 11 terror attacks.

Celtic rock band the Red Hot Chilli Pipers has composed The Fallen to mark the 15th anniversary of the atrocity.

The collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11 2001 claimed the lives of 343 members of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), while many others have since died from health conditions linked to their role at the scene.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said the Chillis and pipers from New York worked together to record the track, with all proceeds to be shared between the service's Support Trust and the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes.

Retired SFRS watch manager Willie Armstrong, who plays with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, said: "As a band we all wanted to do something to remember the firefighters who were killed that tragic day.

"Having only retired this year from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service I wanted to give something back. Recording a special single seemed a fitting way to remember those we've lost and support two great causes in Scotland and New York."

The single, available on iTunes, will be officially launched at the SFRS headquarters in Cambuslang on Friday.

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