SCOTS celtic rock group Skerryvore have hit the number one spot in the iTunes UK download chart with a song dedicated to the NHS workers battling the coronavirus outbreak.

Everyday Heroes sees the Tiree band team with with a host of fellow Scottish musicians - and even features former Downing Street aide Alastair Campbell on the pipes.

Campbell joins Innes Scott of Peat and Diesel, Take the Floor presenter and member of Manran Gary Innes, Robert Robertson of Tide Lines, Harry Richards of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Skipinnish’s Angus MacPhail and Rory Grindly, Ian Smith and Seonaidh Macintyre from Trail West and Mhairi Marwick of Fat Suit.

The track has overtaken contenders including The Weeknd and Dua Lipa for the spot.

Skerryvore member Martin Gillespie said: “I’ve written ‘Everyday Heroes’ to pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of NHS staff, volunteers and key workers who are risking so much to fight Covid-19 and keep us all safe.

“Music is a source of comfort during difficult times and I hope this emotional, uplifting tune will raise a few smiles. All proceeds will go to the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal and we would ask everyone to give it a listen and support this worthy cause.

“The response and support from other musicians and special guests has been fantastic. Everyone worked so hard to turn the track around in a matter of days and I’m grateful to all of them for collaborating with us on this fundraiser.

“Hopefully when we are through this crisis, we can perform the track for NHS staff in person, but for now we hope they enjoy this tune written in their honour.”

All proceeds from any digital downloads will also go to the charity fund.

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