Radio stations around the world have come together to play ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, the iconic song by Gerry and the Pacemakers, as a show of solidarity against the current coronavirus pandemic.
The song, made famous by Liverpool Football Club who sing it at every matchday in memory of those who died at the tragic Hillsborough disaster in 1989, was originally recorded by Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1963.
Now though, Dutch radio presenter Sander Hoogendoorn of station 3FM reached out to other shows across Europe in response to the current deadly COVID-19 pandemic which is causing havoc around the world.
“We all have to do what we can to beat this crisis,” Hoogendoorn said. “Things like this just go beyond the boundaries of radio channels. [The song] could speak to those doing an incredible job working in healthcare right now, those who are ill or those who can’t leave their house for a while.”
Stations in countries across Europe including the UK, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Latvia, Slovakia, Romania and Spain and more took part in the initiative which occurred on Friday morning at 7.45am GMT.
The UK’s major radio stations duly followed suit with the likes of Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music show, BBC Radio 1’s weekend breakfast show with Matt Edmondson and Mollie King and Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 show all playing the track at the same time.
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 20th, more than 246,774 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 10,062 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 150 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.