Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Song Honouring Fans Will Benefit Charities

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Song Honouring Fans Will Benefit Charities

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter

A SONG written in memory of Liam Sweeney and John Alder, Tyneside victims of the MH17 tragedy, has been welcomed by Liam's dad.

Fundraiser single United We Stand, which can be pre-ordered on iTunes, pays tribute to the dedicated Newcastle United fans who were en route to see the team play in New Zealand last year when their plane was shot down over the Ukraine.

Barry Sweeney, who on July 17 marked the first-year anniversary of losing his 28-year-old son, appears in a video accompanying the song created by Geordie singer Dave "Junior" Turner.

And Barry asks people to not just listen to the emotional words but to buy the song as proceeds will go to local charities.

Barry, 52, from Killingworth, North Tyneside, first heard of plans for the song when a friend phoned him with the idea.

"I said 'fine' and didn't think any more about it," he said.

Then on Tuesday he met local singer Junior, who had been asked to write and perform the song, for the first time to hear the completed recording.

"It's just a nice thing to do and it's really, really good; they came up trumps," he added.

Junior, a Wallsend singer and Newcastle fan who has topped the unsigned charts in Texas, said the job was a "huge task" which he wanted to get just right. He sat up all night to write the lyrics and created the whole song in just 48 hours.

Barry, a full-time carer for his wife Lesley, added: "We went to St James' Park and Newcastle United very kindly let us go on the pitch for photographs."

He recorded a few words for the song's video which features black and white footage of touching tributes to the pair made in the aftermath of the tragedy, which memorably saw Sunderland fans also pay their respects. It includes shots of flowers on their empty seats in the stand at St James' Park to accompany lines such as "black and white ran through their veins, we will never let them forget your names" and "both sides united in your name; so much passion for the beautiful game". …

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