Manchester Honours Tony Wilson

Name added to City Roll of Honour
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Factory Records founder and all round force for good, the late Tony Wilson has been added to Manchester's Roll of Honour.

The Council voted unanimously to add Wilson to the Roll, the last participant of the honour being Sir Alex Ferguson in 1999.

Manchester Council leader, Sir Richard Leese, said: "Tony Wilson gave a lot to Manchester and was always fiercely proud of his northern roots and the talent that came out of our city.

"Unwittingly or otherwise, for more than two decades he played a key role in helping shape the city's cultural and creative regeneration and raising the profile of Manchester on the world stage.

"As a broadcaster he had no equal, and he is - I am sure - still very much missed by his broadcasting colleagues.

"He was also a big supporter of numerous arts and charitable organisations across Greater Manchester and was of course the inspiration to a generation of young musicians who put Manchester centre stage in the world of music.

"Equally important was the contribution he made to the political life of the city - in particular through the involvement of the creative sector in the process of regeneration and renewal.

"Although he will continue to be much missed for his loyalty, his creativity, his drive and his enthusiasm - both by the city and by all those who knew him - this inscription will ensure that he is not forgotten and that future generations will continue to remember him and all that he did."

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