Oct 3 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
A SONGWRITER from Aughton has composed a track called 96 lives to remember those who died in the Hillsborough disaster.
Christan Slawinski was inspired to write the song when the decision to re-open the inquests of those who died in the 1989 tragedy was made last year.
The 32-year-old has been a Liverpool fan all his life and feels very passionate about Hillsborough, despite not having any personal connection to those who lost their lives.
The track was played to a hushed crowd at Anfield before their clash against Southampton last month.
Christan said: “I feel so privileged to have had the track played at Anfield.
“I sadly couldn’t make it to the game but it went down really well with the fans, so much so that they’re planning to play it at future matches as well.
“I feel that Hillsborough is a really historic and important event that everyone should know about.
“Through the song I’m trying to educate people about what happened that day and it’s also a tribute to those who died.”
Christan is now based in London with his wife Annie and works for John Lewis as an account manager in the buying department.
He also plays in a band called The Branco Heist.
96 Lives is a solo project, however, that Christan was given the band’s blessing to pursue.
The song was picked up by a Norwegian record producer and included on an album released in Scandinavia about the disaster.
Christan was invited to play at a Liverpool legends weekend in Norway and the track went down so well he decided to release it as a single.
Christan said: “I love Liverpool. It’s my favourite place in the world and I love coming home.
“When I wrote the song I never expected to get any recognition for it.
“Hillsborough is very important to the people of Liverpool, but people all over the world know about it and are interested to hear the truth about what happened on that fateful day.
“It’s really cool to be part of something like this and to have it recognised by Liverpool FC themselves is something I never dreamed of.”
The song is available to download on Spotify and Itunes and any money raised will go to two Hillsborough charities.
Hillsborough Justice and Hillsborough Family Support Group will benefit from the track’s profits.