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Wilson: my NHS love letter

The man known to many as ‘Mr Manchester’ has declared his ‘love for the NHS’ while being treated for cancer. Speaking on on Valentine's Day, Anthony Wilson revealed that he's about to receive chemotherapy after having a kidney removed.

Anthony Wilson
Anthony Wilson

Speaking on BBC Radio Manchester, the 56-year-old former Factory boss explained that the disease was discovered during a visit to his GP just before Christmas when he thought he had flu.

A CAT scan then confirmed that his right kidney was diseased with cancer which has since been removed. And he’s now about to undergo a course of chemotherapy at Manchester’s Christie Hospital.

This morning (Wed 14 Feb), the Salford-born music mogul told Radio Manchester’s Eamonn O’Neal that he'd been prompted to go public about his experience after being humbled by his treatment by NHS staff.

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"I had this intense desire lying on my bed in the MRI (Manchester Royal Infirmary) to write what I call a love letter to the NHS,” he said.  “I wanted to write about how wonderful the NHS is so I thought I’d go public and write about it."

You can read Anthony Wilson’s full story in the Manchester Evening News today (14 Feb 2007)

Anthony Wilson – biography

ANTHONY Wilson founded the famous Hacienda nightclub and was one of five co-founders of Factory Records, which produced bands such as New Order and the Happy Mondays during a period in the eighties dubbed `Madchester'.

The Hacienda (photo: Ian Tilton)
The Hacienda (photo: Ian Tilton)

Born at Hope Hospital, Salford, he went to De La Salle Grammar School, Salford, and studied English at Cambridge before beginning his TV career as a trainee with ITN in 1971.

Tony was a reporter and presenter on Granada Reports and went on to present So It Goes - the music show that first aired punk bands.

He also worked on World In Action - Granada's flagship current affairs programme - and Flying Start which showcased new businesses, as well as After Dark, a late night discussion programme on Channel 4.

Besides presenting, he helped to organise the annual In The City festival in Manchester which attracts musicians and critics from all over the world.

And Steve Coogan played Tony in the film 24 Hour Party People, a semi-fictional account of Tony and Factory Records.

Before being taken ill, Wilson was the regular presenter of two BBC Radio Manchester shows: Ground Rules, a one-hour talk sport show, and Talk of the Town, a Saturday morning current affairs discussion programme.

last updated: 15/02/07
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