NINETY SIX days since the Justice Collective single was first planned, the team behind it added a gold number one disc to the Mathew Street wall of fame.
Producer Guy Chambers, singers John Power, Gerry Marsden, Holly Johnson and Peter Hooton, guitarist Mick Jones, MP Steve Rotheram and Liverpool footballer Jamie Carragher gathered in a packed Mathew Street to officially add the single to the wall.
All the money raised from the single will go to the families of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster to aid their fight for justice.
Mr Rotheram said: “It’s a bittersweet day. It’s great for Liverpool to have another single on the wall, but because of the tragedy this isn’t really a celebration. It’s more a thank you and a recognition of all the people who helped to get this single to number one.”
More than 100 artists performed on the cover of He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother, including Sir Paul McCartney and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr Chambers, who grew up in Liverpool, said: “It was never a foregone conclusion that we would get to number one – it was a battle all the way. The X Factor fought hard and so did we.”
When asked if it was a surprise when it topped the Christmas charts he said: “It was a relief. Everyone had worked so hard and it was great to see that result. The first person that we asked to be involved was Robbie Williams.
“After that more and more people got on board. Almost everyone said yes. It was a real pleasure to work on.”
The idea behind the single was to raise money to pay the legal costs of fresh inquests into the 1989 tragedy in the wake of the independent panel’s report.