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Tony Wilson’s memorial sorted

Mark Garner thinks the solution might already be in front of us

Written by . Published on October 18th 2007.


Tony Wilson’s memorial sorted

Last night I found myself at yet another awards ceremony, having been invited by Michael Huckerby, publisher of Moving Manchester magazine, a co-sponsor of the MCR Awards. It turned out to be a great night: all the Manc movers and shakers were in attendance at the Hilton Hotel to see the awards presented by Mike Toolan. Mel C sang her latest single.

A tall, confident and absolutely beautiful young woman, took over and delivered the rest of the speech. I started crying.

It was good to see Enzo Mauro and his family win the best restaurant award for Stock, highly regarded by this writer. They were celebrating hard. However, the last award turned out to be the most astonishing that I personally have seen at any Manchester awards ceremony.

It was The Hall of Fame award. The mighty late, great Tony Wilson was the posthumous recipient. A moving video montage was played to a standing ovation. Very nice. Then, out of the crowd came two people to accept the award itself. Oliver and Isabelle, Tony’s son and daughter. Ollie and Izzy stood at the microphone, Ollie opened a couple of sheets of paper on which his speech was written, got the first three paragraphs out and started to weep: the room cheered him on. Four more, and Izzy, who I hadn’t seen for five years, stepped in. Actually, it was at this stage that I realised it was Izzy.

A tall, confident and absolutely beautiful young woman, she took over and delivered the rest of the speech. I started crying. She can’t be more than seventeen?

Everyone and his dog wants to get in on the ‘lets give Tony a memorial’ gig at present. Forget it.

Because the memorial is here already, it consists of a young man and woman with an unreserved, joyous and passionate love for their dad. If I had brought you two up I would be the proudest father on the planet. There is no memorial in the world that would make him prouder; there is no doubt in my mind that Tony considered his greatest achievement to be you two.

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