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Hillsborough single added to Wall of Fame

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 Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden, Holly Johnson, John Power and Robbie Williams.

Their recording of He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother was Christmas number one last year, with sales of more than 269,000.

The single also featured stars from 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.

Also in attendance was Anfield 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 He Ain't Heavy at their first Premier League match following the damning report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel in September.

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

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium during an FA Cup semi-final with Notts Forest in 1989.

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