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'You'll Never Walk Alone' tops iTunes chart after Hillsborough report

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Liverpool fans' anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone' by Gerry and the Pacemakers has returned to number one following public disclosures about the Hillsborough disaster.

The 1963 hit went to the top of the iTunes download chart yesterday (September 15), reports The Guardian.

Liverpool fans hold up a banner relating to the Hillsborough disaster

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Gerry Marsden

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The Hillsborough Independent Panel report was released earlier this week. It revealed that a cover-up took place in order to shift the blame from police and emergency services on to Liverpool fans and the 96 victims of the tragedy, which took place at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium in 1989.

The report also said that the lives of 41 of the deceased could have been saved.

On Wednesday (September 14), The Sun - which in 1989 had originally published a front-page story claiming fans hindered police efforts, violently abused officers and stole from victims - issued a public apology in light of the revelations and admitted that it had made a "terrible mistake".

Following the admissions, Liverpool fans decided to try to get the club's anthem, which first appeared in the 1945 Rogers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, back into the charts to "send a message" to the nation.

Walton MP and Liverpool fan Steve Rotheram told the Liverpool Echo: "People just started buying the record - it was in the Top 20 within a few hours.

"It's just crazy the way its spread online. I spoke with Gerry [of Gerry and the Pacemakers] and he told me any proceeds he gets from the sales he will be donating to the Hillsborough charities."

He added: "We need to keep the momentum going. If we could get 'You'll Never Walk Alone' to number one this would send a really positive message.

"It will not bring the 96 back but since the release of the report the dark cloud that was hanging over Liverpool and its people has been lifted."

Watch a performance of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' from this year's BBC Proms below:

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