Factory Records legend has kidney removed

Tony Wilson is recovering in Manchester

Joy Division affiliate Tony Wilson is recovering after having a kidney removed in hospital.

The writer and broadcaster was told that his kidney was badly damaged and could not be saved, and it was removed at the Manchester Royal Infirmary on January 3.

Wilson has been involved with Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays, is famed for setting up Factory Records and the Hacienda nightclub.

In a statement, Wilson: “I spent November and December working very hard and thinking I had flu. Eventually my partner Yvette Livesey forced me to go to the doctor, who spotted the problem and sent me to hospital.

“The staff here have all been wonderful. I am feeling much better and hope to be released in about a week. I will then need about a month to recuperate.”