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Collier Row musician releases charity single

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 December 2015

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Hatwell, of Collier Row

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Hatwell, of Collier Row

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A group of musicians have launched a charity single inspired by the resilience experienced after terrorist attacks, catching nationwide attention.

Chris Hatwell, 19, of Owen Close, Collier Row, is one third of Falcon Fields who introduced their song Hometown City on Friday on BBC News and officially released the single on iTunes for download on Monday.

He said: “It has been a bit of a whirlwind because everything has happened so quickly. We’ve had a great response so far from people so hopefully they will carry on buying it.”

The inspiration behind Hometown City is the united front that people showed following both July’s 10th anniversary of the 7/7 bombings in London and the Paris attacks that took place last month.

Chris, who is a beneficiary of Awards for Young Musicians, was selected by the charity to be the guitarist and backing vocalist in the band alongside lead vocalist Zola Bridgey and musician Amanda Claiire.

He said: “We want this to be about giving hope and remembering to stand by one another during tough times.

“There are so many that have been affected by terrorism in one way or another so I think it is important to show there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

The former Havering Sixth Form College student and songwriter is keeping his fingers crossed that the song will be this year’s Christmas number one.

Money from the single will be split between charities 7/7 Tavistock Square Memorial Trust, Awards for Young Musicians and Association Franciase des Victimes du Terrorism.

Chris said: “You never know what’s going to happen but I have got a really good feeling about the song.”

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