THE Proclaimers have given their backing to a new recording of Sunshine in Leith in memory of a tragic young Hibs fan.
Twins Charlie and Craig Reid, 52, agreed to let music duo John and Vikki Wright, of Evolution of Sound Recordings (EOSR), record their own version of the Hibs anthem.
The song is a tribute to Andrew Hardie, 29, whose body was found in the Firth of Forth in June last year after he went missing from his South Queensferry home the previous month.
Songwriters Mr and Mrs Wright thought that recording Andrew’s favourite song would be a fitting way to remember him.
Mr Wright, from South Queensferry, said the group had stayed true to the tune, but there were several differences – not least the female vocals from upcoming singer Penny Emmott.
Mrs Wright, a piano teacher by trade, plays keyboard on the track, while Mr Wright plays guitar, base and drums.
“It’s slightly more up tempo,” he said. “It’s emotional, but it’s fairly similar with a few little changes, with improvisation to fit with the female vocals.”
Mr Wright approached The Proclaimers’ management to ask for permission to release the song.
He said: “They sent us their condolences. We told them we’d keep them up to date and gave them a link to the fund.”
Kenny McDonald, who manages The Proclaimers, said: “We had contact from one of the people organising it and we are happy to give it our blessing. We wish them well with their fundraising.”
Mr Wright said: “I’d been best friends with Andrew’s older brother, Sandy, since we were seven, ever since Andrew was four.
“It’s not been the best year. It’s our way of doing something in memory of him for the family.
“He was very popular – at his funeral there were about 400 people there. We couldn’t get everybody in to the crematorium.”
All royalties from the song, which was released on iTunes and other online music stores this week, will go to the RNLI in Queensferry.
EOSR has created an online Forever by the Sea fund for Mr Hardie on the RNLI website.