THE Hillsborough charity single looks set to pip X Factor winner James Arthur to the Christmas number one spot.
Bookmaker William Hill has given the song – which features a host of celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams – 1/7 odds of being number one, with Arthur second favourite at 9/2.
The Justice Collective’s version of the Hollies’ hit ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ was released yesterday.
All proceeds of the single will go towards covering the legal costs of the families of the Liverpool supporters killed in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.
The song was inspired by the sight of two children who walked out to the track during a tribute to the dead at Liverpool’s cross-city rivals Everton.
Producer Guy Chambers said the song ‘created an incredible impression’ when it was played at Goodison Park following the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report.
He said: “It made a lot of people cry and the song had immense power. I just listened to it and I thought I certainly couldn’t write a better song than that.
“It’s about raising awareness about the injustice that happened and spreading good will among the whole country so they can get behind it.”
Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish, comedian John Bishop and Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram urged Chancellor George Osborne to waive the VAT on the single, something he has already done for the X Factor winner’s single – the proceeds of which are also going to charity.
A spokeswoman for the Treasury said they could not comment on the VAT issue until after a decision is made by the High Court tomorrow on whether to quash the original inquest verdicts.