Christmas Number 1 – But the campaign for Justice continues

23 12 2012

The Hillsborough tribute single  – The Justice Collective’s version of The Hollies classic, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”, sold 269,000 copies, and was crowned Christmas No1 2012 .

The triumph marks the end of a historic year for relatives of the victims of the 1989 disaster.

Last week the High Court quashed the original accidental death verdicts for the 96 Livepool fans that died during the FA Cup semi-final against NottinghamForest, and ordered a fresh inquest, after damning report into the disaster laid bare a police cover-up. “The interests of justice must be served, however distressing the truth will be brought to light,” said Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge at the hearing.

All proceeds from the charity single will go towards funding the legal costs of the families of the Hillsborough victims.

The Hillsborough Independent Panel, chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev James Jones, made a catalogue of disturbing claims,  including the allegation that 164 police statements were altered in the wake of the tragedy, 116 of them to remove or change negative comments about policing of the match and ensuing disaster.