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The granddaughter of 50s singing sensation Ronnie Hilton, famed for his vintage Leeds United songs, is set to re-release the club anthem Marching on Together.

Georgette Hilton, from Headingley, says her grandad sang around seven old favourites, but not Marching on Together.

Georgette Hilton.

Georgette Hilton.

All proceeds will go to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation charity, which is backed by Gary Speed’s widow Louise.

The 1972 anthem, which is sung at Elland Road before every home match, was originally recorded by the Leeds squad and supporters and also released in 2010 by Leeds fan David Whittaker from Roundhay, who has been involved in producing the new version.

The 23-year-old said she was happy to sing a ballad style version of Marching on Together, even though it was not one of her grandad’s tunes: “It is about the only one he did not sing.”

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The song first appeared in 1972 as the B-side of the record released by Leeds United to coincide with the team reaching the 1972 FA Cup Final, the A-side being titled Leeds United. The record stayed in the UK Singles Chart for almost three months, peaking at number 10. His signature tune, No Other Love, was a May 1956 number one.

Leeds fan Georgette, whose dad Derry is Ronnie’s son, is forging a singing career, said: “My grandad Ronnie sang lots of the old Leeds songs like The Ballad of Billy Bremner, the Leeds United Calypso and Glory, Glory Leeds United.

“My new single can be downloaded on iTunes from February 26”.

Ronnie’s last chart entry in 1965, Windmill in Old Amsterdam sold a million copies. In 1957 Ronnie took part in the first ever Song for Europe contest, but failed to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest.

He had nine top 20 hits between 1954 and 1957 and went on to have a successful radio career including Radio 2’s Sounds of the Fifties. Born Arthur Hill in Hull in 1926 he was demobbed in 1947, and became a fitter in a Leeds sewing machine plant.

He died in 2001 at the age of 75. His Leeds United discography includes: 1964 Leeds United Calypso / Elland Road Baht’at; 1970 Glory, Glory Leeds United / We shall not be moved; 1971 The Lads of Leeds / The Ballad of Billy Bremner / The Tale of Johnny Giles and 1975 We’re Gonna Win The Cup/Glory, Glory Leeds United Ballad.

See the Facebook group under ‘Gary Speed Memorial Charity Tribute - Leeds Leeds Leeds by Georgette Hilton’.