Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

City honour for Hillsborough single

The Justice Collective's He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother was Christmas number one in December 2012

A chart-topping single to raise money for the Hillsborough disaster families is to be commemorated on a Wall of Fame in Liverpool.

The Justice Collective featured Sir Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden, Holly Johnson, Mel C, John Power and Robbie Williams, backed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Their recording of He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother was Christmas number one in December 2012 with sales of more than 269,000.

The single also featured stars from the world of sport and comedy including Kenny Dalglish, Peter Reid and John Bishop.

A bronze disc will be unveiled on a Wall of Fame on Liverpool's Mathew Street which commemorates every number one single by an artist born in the city.

The reworking of the Hollies classic will be the 57th disc added to the wall, located close to the original site of the Cavern Club, considered the birthplace of The Beatles. The Cavern was also where the Hollies were signed to Parlophone 50 years ago this month.

The Justice Collective came about after Everton FC played He Ain't Heavy at their first Premiership match following the damning report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel in September.

The report laid bare a concerted cover-up which attempted to shift blame for the tragedy on to its victims.

Ninety-six football fans were killed at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough Stadium during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15 1989.

Attending the unveiling will be Peter Hooton, the former lead singer of The Farm, who came up with the idea to record a song to support the families. He said: "The single's success was a testament to 'people power' and was remarkable, bearing in mind that we had no marketing budget."

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