‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ by The Justice Collective has been confirmed as the UK’s Christmas number one after it hit top spot in time for Sunday’s Official Chart countdown.
On Tuesday, the high court quashed the original inquest verdicts of accidental death of the 96 Liverpool supporters killed at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.
The official charts company announced the news on BBC Radio One shortly before 7pm on Sunday, December 23rd 2012, with the song outselling X Factor winner James Arthur to knock the reality TV start off top spot.
The Justice Collective’s track features an all-star cast including Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Paloma Faith, Melanie C, Holly Johnson, Shane MacGowan, The Farm’s Peter Hooton, and Gerry And The Pacemakers’ Gerry Marsden, to name but a few.
Stadiums across Britain played the track at half-time during all games this weekend to show their support for the cause.
Money raised from sales will money to help pay for potential future legal proceedings by the Hillsborough families, with Chancellor George Osborne confirming earlier this week that he would effectively waive VAT on the single.