Saddened today to hear of the death, at only 57 years old, of broadcaster Tony Wilson at the weekend. Tony was the music mogul who created the Factory Records label associated with the Happy Mondays etc. and put the mad into Manchester.
Tony was amazingly well known in the North West and did a number of radio slots plus presented the Politics Show on a Sunday on BBC TV.
Despite his success he really was a man of the people and this is why when we launched our local services local solutions campaign last year we got Tony to act as a rapporteur. The launch was in Manchester City Hall and we had Tony interviewing the leaders of Manchester and Glasgow City Councils on what they had done for the public.
He really was a genuine character and will leave a huge gap in North West society.