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Liverpool unites to make Hillsborough charity single Christmas No.1

by Chris Bradley. Published Mon 24 Dec 2012 12:53

The Hillsborough tribute single He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother is this year's Christmas number one.

An array of stars including Robbie Williams and Sir Paul McCartney joined forces to become The Justice Collective.

The money raised from sales of the cover version of the 1969 hit will go to the families of 96 Liverpool fans who died in a crush at Hillsborough stadium in 1989.

The song sold 269,000 copies, 45,000 more than X Factor winner James Arthur's debut single Impossible which dropped to number two.

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Families Support Group, said: "The families will be delighted. We haven't had very good Christmases for a long time so this is an extra gift.

"It's obvious that it's got a lot of support and they've got the message across to everybody. It's truly amazing."

HMV said demand for the record had been "absolutely huge" in Liverpool.

Its Liverpool ONE branch initially ordered 12,000 copies of the CD but had to restock in the middle of the week after selling out.


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