Hillsborough song joins Wall of Fame

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Hillsborough single added to the Mathew Street wall of fame

Hillsborough single added to the Mathew Street wall of fame

The Justice Collective’s single which claimed the Christmas number one and raised money for the families of Hillsborough victims has been  unveiled on Liverpool’s Wall of Fame in Mathew Street.

‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ fought off competition from X factor winner James Arthur’s ‘Impossible’ back in December to grab the top spot.

To commemorate the single getting last year’s festive number one, a bronze disc was added to the wall on Mathew Street by Gerry and the Pacemaker’s front man, Gerry Marsden.

The wall that sits facing the Cavern Club is a tribute to all of the Liverpool acts that have had a number one single in the UK charts.

Gerry was joined by a host of people who played a part in putting the single together,  including Liverpool Walton MP, Steve Rotheram, Liverpool FC’s Jamie Carragher, lead singer of The Farm, Peter Hooton and Guy Chambers, who produced the single.

Hooton, whose idea it was to record the song, told JMU Journalism: “It was all a bit of a blur at the end of the year and even watching the Christmas Top of the Pops it was even still a blur then.

“When you actually see it on the wall here, it’s now history and it’s a good feeling but it’s a bittersweet feeling because of what it’s about.”

The single is the 57th addition to the wall on Mathew Street

The single is the 57th addition to the wall on Mathew Street

The charity single is the 57th disc to be added to the wall, which includes singles by The Beatles and the unveiling marks the 96th day since the Justice Collective had their meeting about releasing the song.

MP Rotherham, who helped to bring the Justice Collective together together, told JMU Journalism: “It was a huge team effort. I think about 300 to 400 people in total who were part of trying to get what we had as an idea to fruition and then culminating 96 days later the number one disc on the Wall of Fame outside the Cavern.

“It was great that it was primarily a Liverpool effort on this CD. Even people like Guy Chambers, who’s an honorary Scouser. It was a massive team effort and to be a part of that feels absolutely fantastic.”

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