16 Aug 2007
Tony Wilson's funeral details 
As reported on RecordOfTheDay.com, Tony Wilson's funeral will take place at the Hidden Gem Church, Manchester at 2pm on Monday 20 August and will be open to family and close friends via invitation only. We ask for the privacy of Anthony’s family and friends to be respected during this difficult time.

Anybody wishing to send flowers can do so and these should be sent to:

The Co-Operative Funeral Home
Manchester Road
M21 1PN

If anybody would prefer to make a charitable donation the family has designated The Christie Hospital in Manchester as their preferred charity. Donations can be made either online at or via post to:

Appeals Office
Christie Hospital NHS Trust
Wilmslow Road
M20 4BX

Discussions are underway about holding a separate memorial service for Anthony and further details of this will be announced in due course.



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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

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