A song in memory of heroic Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams is to be released ahead of the landmark 25th anniversary of the disaster.
The Angel was initially written and performed by singer-songwriter Dominic Dunn at a charity event last September held in honour of Chester mum Anne, who died from cancer five months earlier after being a shining light for over two decades in the battle to uncover the truth about how her son Kevin along with 95 other Liverpool supporters died in Britain's worst sporting disaster.
Following an overwhelmingly positive response from Anne’s family and friends, 16-year-old Dominic recorded the track at Liverpool’s world-famous Parr Street Studios just before Christmas.
Preparations are now underway to release the song this spring with organisers hoping it can emulate the success of the Justice Collective's He's Not Heavy, He's My Brother which was 2012’s Christmas Number One.
Dominic, whose musical career has already seen him play the Olympics, Sound City and the Liverpool Music Awards, said, “I was asked if I could write a song for Anne a week before the fundraiser in September.
“I wanted it to be a song that touched people and knew it would be hard to write in only a few days but I just got my head down and put my mind to it.
“Anne’s son Kevin was a similar age to me so I had that going through my mind. I read up about the fight for justice and all the work that Anne did, and then just wrote was in my heart.
“Anne’s family told me they really liked it so as long as they're satisfied that's all that matters to me.
“I'm so proud to have been asked to do it and am just made up to be associated with such an inspirational and respected figure.”
Anne’s brother Danny said, “The family consider it an honour to have Dominic write, play and record this for us. He's such a talented young lad and we're sure he's going to go a long way in the future.
“When I first heard the song at the fundraiser I was unable to speak for a while afterwards. It got to us all. It was very moving and a very apt song for how we were feeling at the time, and still do, about our Anne, who we all miss so much.”
Anne’s daughter Sara, added, “The words Dominic wrote really sum up mum's spirit and the fight she showed in fighting for Kevin, the 96 and the survivors.
“Dominic clearly did his homework and he got it just right. It works beautifully with the music that he wrote and is such a lovely tribute.”
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