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Friday, November 5, 1999 Published at 12:28 GMT


Diana's mother backs single

Frances Shand Kydd and her daughter Diana at Wimbledon in 1993

Frances Shand Kydd, the mother of Diana, Princess of Wales, is backing a charity record to raise funds for the disabled.

It is the first time Frances Shand Kydd has supported any charity project linked with her daughter's name.

The record, Will You Walk on By? is sung by Donnie Munro, former lead singer with the Scottish band Runrig.

[ image: Donnie Munro, former member of Runrig]
Donnie Munro, former member of Runrig
It will be released on 22 November with a US launch pencilled in for the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve.

The lyrics, described as a millennium anthem, encourage listeners to love their neighbour and consider those less fortunate.

"I never really ever wanted to put my name to anything when she was alive or dead - but this is the one-off exception," Mrs Shand Kydd said in a message of support on the record sleeve.

"The first moment I heard it I knew it was special. It captured all the concerns both Diana and I cared about," she added.

The song and an accompanying video will be launched in London on 17 November and again the following day in Scotland on board the former Royal Yacht Britannia. Mrs Shand Kydd says she will attend both launches.

Millennium Eve

Munro is also booked to play the song in front of 50,000 people on Millennium Eve when he headlines a concert in Aberdeen city centre.

Mrs Shand Kydd added: "I hold dear, very dear, events and happenings which try to continue her caring and I think that is what tributes should be about - not just remembering somebody because they are dead, but because what they were to the world and live on continuously.

"I would not be involved in anything that was not ongoing of her concerns."

Proceeds from the record are going to one of Mrs Shand Kydd's favourite charities, HCPT - The Pilgrimage Trust, which helps disabled children and adults enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.

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