The Straits Times
Published on Dec 24, 2012

Hillsborough charity single tops British Christmas chart


LONDON (AFP) - A charity single for the families of those killed in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, featuring Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams, has claimed Britain's coveted Christmas number one spot, officials announced on Sunday.

The Justice Collective's cover version of He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, originally a hit for The Hollies in 1969, sold more than 269,000 copies, the Official Charts Company said.

Funds raised from sales will go towards meeting the families' ongoing legal costs. The performers include Melanie C, Shane MacGowan, Mick Jones, Gerry Marsen, Paul Heaton, Holly Johnson, Beverley Knight, Paloma Faith and Peter Hooton.

Ex-Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and former captain Alan Hansen also appear. Some 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster in Sheffield, northern England, in April 1989. It was the worst sporting disaster in British history.