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Charity single for Hillsborough families

A fundraising single for the Hillsborough Disaster families is to take on The X Factor in the race for the Christmas number one. The musicians involved include Sheffield's Richard Hawley, The Clash's Mick Jones and Sixties star Gerry Marsden.

Robbie Williams's former song-writing partner Guy Chambers is to produce the single, a new version of The Hollies' hit He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother. It will be released on December 17 with the aim of hitting number one in time for the festive season.

Proceeds from the single will go towards the Hillsborough families' legal costs in their fight for justice. It comes in the wake of a damning report into the handling of the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of a crowd crush at Hillsborough Stadium in 1989.