Hillsborough single He Ain't Heavy on Liverpool Wall of Fame

  • 22 February 2013
  • From the section Liverpool
Sir Paul McCartney
Image caption Sir Paul McCartney was among the line-up of performers involved

A charity single in aid of the Hillsborough families has been commemorated in Liverpool.

A bronze disc was unveiled by Gerry Marsden on the Wall of Fame in Mathew Street, which marks every number one single by an artist born in the city.

Sir Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams were among the line-up on the single for the Justice Collective.

Their recording of the Hollies' 1969 hit He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother was the Christmas number one.

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

The disc is the 57th added to the wall, close to the original site of the Cavern Club.

'Lies and deceit'

Speaking at the ceremony, 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.

"It was also about raising awareness of what went on 23 years ago, and the lies and the deceit and the campaign that has gone on."

The release of the single came after a damning report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel into the handling of the crowd crush at the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

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

Ninety-six Liverpool supporters died as a result of the crush at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium on 15 April 1989.

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