Hillsborough disc honoured at music Wall of Fame ceremony

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A chart-topping single to raise money for the Hillsborough disaster families has been 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 the Christmas number one last year 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.

Merseybeat veteran Marsden, frontman of Gerry and the Pacemakers, placed the bronze disc on a Wall of Fame on Liverpool’s Mathew Street which commemorates every number one single by an artist born in the city.

Also in attendance were Liverpool football hero Jamie Carragher and Peter Hooton, former lead singer with The Farm. Hooton came up with the idea to record a song to support the families.

The Hollies’ classic was chosen after Everton played it at their first Premier League match following the damning report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel last September. The report laid bare a concerted cover-up which attempted to shift blame for the tragedy onto its victims.

Addressing the crowd, Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram said: “Over 400,000 people either bought the CD or downloaded it and that’s going to result in a lot of money for the continued legal fight for the families fighting for justice for the 96 victims.”

He Ain’t Heavy is the 57th disc added to the Wall of Fame, located close to the original site of the Cavern Club, considered the birthplace of The Beatles.

The 96 Liverpool fans died after a crush at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium during an FA Cup semi-final between their team and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.