Late music mogul Tony Wilson should be immortalised with street in his name, claims Manchester MP

By Danielle Wainwright

The legacy of Manchester BBC journalist and record label owner Tony Wilson, who many credit for bringing Manchester to the forefront of music culture, is being fought by John Leech MP who wants to rename a street name in his honour.

Tony, who died in 2007, is best known as part owner of Factory Records home of the Happy Mondays, Joy Division and New Order as well as managing popular 90’s nightclub Hacienda.

He was also well known for his role as regional presenter on Granada Reports, The Politics Show, Xfm Manchester, BBC Radio Manchester and Channel M.

Withington MP Mr Leech had written a letter to Manchester County Council urging them to immortalise Tony’s name on a street and hopes to receive the support from other MP’s.

In his open letter to Sir Howard Bernstein John Leech MP wrote: “I sincerely hope that this time, Tony Wilson, the man who helped put Manchester on the map will have the favour returned.”

“It is six years since his death but his legacy to Manchester will live on for generations and generations.”

In July 2012, Manchester Liberal Democrats proposed that Manchester should recognise and develop Manchester’s musical heritage,

Lib Dem leader Cllr Simon Wheale said: “Manchester has a rich musical heritage and ambassadors such as Tony Wilson have raised the profile of the City around the world.

“A musical heritage plaque scheme with a Tony Wilson Street would not only be a brilliant tribute, but also attract tourism and boost the local economy.”

Picture courtesy of Duncan Hull via Flickr, with thanks.

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