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Mourners remember 'Mr Manchester'
Peter Hook at Tony Wilson's funeral
Peter Hook, of New Order and Joy Division, was among the mourners
Figures from music and television were among the mourners who gathered at the funeral of Manchester music mogul and broadcaster, Tony Wilson.

Family and friends attended the private ceremony at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, known as the Hidden Gem, in Manchester city centre on Monday.

A sizeable crowd of fans and members of the public also waited outside to pay their own respects.

Mr Wilson died after a battle with kidney cancer. He was 57.

Mourners at the funeral included Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, who worked with Tony Wilson at Granada Television.

Speaking after the ceremony, Richard Madeley told BBC Radio Manchester the mass was an "intensely moving service".

Anthony Wilson
If you liked music and you liked Manchester you should be here
Mourner

"He had complete and utter belief in himself and because he happened to be a very good man that wasn't a bad thing," said Mr Madeley.

"He was a thoroughly decent man and, unusually in the world of television, he actually celebrated other people's success rather than being jealous of them.

"He was a true friend to us and we are missing him enormously."

Peter Hook and Stephen Morris - two members of first Factory signing Joy Division, and later incarnation, New Order - also attended along with Happy Mondays front man, Shaun Ryder.

Mr Wilson, dubbed Mr Manchester, passed away after a suspected heart attack on 10 August, surrounded by his family.

Members of the public were asked to send flowers or make a donation to the Christie Hospital after his family requested that they be allowed to grieve privately.

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan
Many of Mr Wilson's former colleagues attended the funeral

Nevertheless, many people stopped outside the church to pay their silent respects to the founder of Factory Records.

One woman told the BBC: "He was such a great guy and great ambassador for Manchester."

Asked why he was there, one man standing outside the church said he felt "almost duty-bound".

"If you liked music and you liked Manchester you should be here. Or you have to be here, is my feeling on the subject," he said.

Mr Wilson founded the famous Hacienda nightclub and was one of five co-founders of Factory Records during the period in the 1980s dubbed "Madchester".

Born in Salford, he was also a reporter and presenter on Granada Reports and went on to present So It Goes - the music show that first aired punk bands in the UK.

Talks are already under way for a public service to mark the life of Mr Wilson, as well as a permanent memorial in the city.


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