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The Pride Of Manchester Awards 2008 winners
The waiting is over, our silence is broken and the inaugural Pride Of Manchester Awards have been awarded. Over 2,000 members of the Pride Of Manchester and UK Theatre Guides mailing lists returned their nominations for the best in Manchester during 2007. [click here to join]
Votes were only counted for current members of the mailing lists, with only one vote for each member being counted.
Unlike many other awards (allegedly, of course), and in keeping with the ethos of the website, there was no pre-selected shortlist to choose from, no results were amended nor preference given to bars, restaurants or hotels who have paid for a featured listing on our websites.
The results of the voting indicate the Pride Of Manchester and UK Theatre Guide members have great taste (although there was some stinkers along the way picking up the occassional vote, it has to be said).
Thank you all for your votes and for making our first ever awards so special.
Neil, Rob, Ingun, Nick, Paul and Ian xxx
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Pride Of Manchester award for
Best Album by a Manchester Artist in 2007
With 1835 members submitting votes in this category, voting was tight with 19 different albums picking up nominations. Salford tenor, Russell Watson certainly won the most votes (431 in total) however votes were split between the two albums he released in 2007 ('Outside In' and 'That's Life'). Many voted for Shayne Ward's second album 'Breathless', although the overall winner was also the critics choice, Puressence's amazing album 'Don't Forget To Remember', which, had it sold as many copies in one week as the number of votes received in our awards, would have reached the top 40.
Puressence - Don't Forget To Remember
1st) Puressence - Don't Forget To Remember (279 votes received) listen / buy cd's|listen / download
Even though the NME described 'Don't Forget To Album' as 'tunes of industrial chart strength', it was a travesty that the fourth album from the Failsworth indie stalwarts failed to reach the Top 40. A master class in sweeping anthemic indie, with the outstanding vocal talent of charismatic front man James Mudriczki, earned the band justified comparisons with Keane, Snow Patrol and Coldplay as well as many sold out dates across Europe. Described by many as the highlight of 2007, comments included...
"Impossibly infectious - I love this album and keep going back for more. It puts my faith back in British music." - Andy Rourke (The Smiths)
"My album of the year." - Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets)
and summing it up best... "If you buy one album this year, it has got to be 'Don't Forget To Remember' - Mani (Stone Roses & Primal Scream) [listen to soundbites] [buy on CD] [download]
Russell Watson - That's Life
2) Russell Watson - That's Life (259 votes received) listen / buy cd's|listen / download
The Salford tenor took a change of direction with this, his fifth studio album, a collection of classic songs in which he truly encapsulates the magic of the golden era of music. Delayed because of his first brain tumour, it reached UK no.4 in March. [listen] [buy CD] [download]
Shayne Ward - Breathless
3) Shayne Ward - Breathless (222 votes received) listen / buy cd's|listen / download
The X Factor winner from Clayton returned to the scene, reaching no.2 in December, with his second album. Predominantly composed of ballads and uptempo, RnB-influenced pop, it included the no.2 hits 'If That's OK with You' & 'No U Hang Up'. [listen] [buy CD] [download]
 
Other albums shortlisted from the 1835 votes received...
Russell Watson - Outside In listen / buy cd's|listen / download (171 votes received) [click here to buy]
Ian Brown - The World Is Yours listen / buy cd's|listen / download (171 votes received) [click here to buy]
1835 votes received in total from members in this category
 
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Pride Of Manchester award for
Best Movie with a Manc Connection in 2007
Whilst 2007 saw a staggering number of films produced with a Manchester connection, the runaway winner from the 16 movies which picked up votes, was also the only true Mancunian film. Following the story of one of Manchester's most influential rock icons, it was set in both Macclesfield and Manchester (although largely filmed in Nottingham as the buildings there reflect Manchester in the 1970's far better), the amazing Ian Curtis biopic, Control, picked up 30% of the 1852 votes received...
Control
1st) Control (561 votes received) watch a trailer
Anton Corbijn's black-and-white biopic about Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis is set in 1970's Macclesfield and Manchester was described by most British film critics as "the best film of the year" and broke Manchester's Cornerhouse Cinema's Box Office record on its release in October.
As well as being up for Best British Film at this year's BAFTA's, Control has also won many more awards, scooping five at the British Independent Film Awards (including Best Film), three director awards at the Cannes Film Festival, two at the Chicago Film Festival, two at the Edinburgh Film Festival (including Best New British Feature), the award for Most Popular Film at the Melbourne Film Festival and the Critics Award for Best Film at the Hamburg Film Festival amongst others.
It will rate alongside the likes of 'Hobson's Choice', 'A Taste Of Honey', '24 Hour Party People' and 'Raining Stones' as one of the greatest Manchester movies ever. [click here to buy]
The Bourne Ultimatum
2) Bourne Ultimatum - starring Albert Finney (437 votes received) watch a trailer|
Pendleton-born Albert Finney stars as Dr. Albert Hirsch, the CIA specialist who supervised Bourne's behavior modification training, in this world wide blockbuster, the third in the Jason Bourne series. Paddy Considine also stars alongside Matt Damon. [click here to buy]
Hot Fuzz
3) Hot Fuzz - starring Steve Coogan & David Threlfall (176 votes received) watch a trailer|
Steve Coogan plays a short cameo as a Police Inspector in the £40 million grossing blockbuster whilst David Threlfal also appears as a Martin Blower, a local resident who dies a violent death, in this hilarious police action comedy. Paddy Considine also stars. [click here to buy]
 
Other films shortlisted from the 1852 votes received...
Shrek The Third - featuring Ian McShane watch a trailer| (112 votes received) [click here to buy]
Sunshine - directed by Danny Boyle watch a trailer| (97 votes received) [click here to buy]
1852 votes received in total from members in this category
 
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ManchesterTheatres.com award for
Best Theatre Production in 2007
With many of the 1715 votes cast for Best Theatre Production coming from UK Theatre Guide members, the scope of the nominations was always going to be huge. Nearly every theatre in Manchester picked up nominations with twelve different shows at The Lowry being nominated, five at both the Royal Exchange and The Palace, four at the Opera House and two at The Library Theatre and RNCM. Delirium at the MEN Arena, A Midsummer's Night Dream at Heaton Park and The Pianist at the Museum of Science & Industry also received plenty of votes. Results of the voting saw a clear winner however...
Monkey - Journey To The West
1st) Monkey - Journey To The West - Palace Theatre watch a trailer| (276 votes)
Chen Shi-zheng stage adaptation of the 16th Century Chinese novel 'Journey to the West', won widespread acclaim during it's world premiere at the Palace Theatre in June and July.
Featuring music by Damon Albarn with designs by Gorillaz collaborator Jamie Hewlett, 'Monkey' was conceived and directed by Chinese opera specialist Chen Shi-Zheng. Co-commissioned by the Manchester International Festival, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and the Staatsoper Berlin, it was a high-octane, 90-minute rock'n'roll circus, performed in Mandarin and featuring over 50 Chinese acrobats, martial arts experts and contortionists.
Whilst the story dated back to the Tang Dynasty manuscript, 'Monkey - Journey To The West' was more influenced by the cult 1970's Japanese TV show. [click here to buy the book]
16% of all members who submitted nominations in ths category made Monkey the 'Best Manchester Theatre Production in 2007.
The Producers
2) The Producers - Palace Theatre watch a trailer| (182 votes received)
Peter Kay's performance, as Roger De Bris, in Mel Brook's hilarious musical version of his famous 1968 film, ensured a sell-out for the full 3 months visit to Manchester. The musical won widespread acclaim as well as breaking box office records. ManchesterTheatres.com (together with ManchesterComedyGuide.com) sold over 21,731 tickets for The Producers [click here to buy the film]
Whipping It Up
3) Whipping It Up - The Lowry (132 votes received)
Richard Wilson starred in this superb piece of political comedy at The Lowry in November. Together with the quailty of the play itself, the One Foot In The Grave star won critical praise for his performance as the Tory Chief Whip. [click here to buy the book]
 
Other shows shortlisted from the 1715 votes received...
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Palace Theatre (113 votes received) [click here to buy the film]
Henry V - The Royal Exchange (112 votes received) [click here to buy the book]
1715 votes received in total from members in this category
 
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ManchesterComedyGuide.com award for
Best Comedy Show in Manchester 2007
Whilst 1795 members voted for 34 different comedy shows or stand-up performances, there was a clear winner for Best Comedy Show in 2007. It probably comes as no surprise that Peter Kay's 3 month stint in Mel Brook's hilarious musical, The Producers, picked up over 15% of the vote...
The Producers
1st) The Producers - Palace Theatre watch a trailer| (276 votes received)
Peter Kay's camp performance, as Roger De Bris, in Mel Brook's hilarious musical version of his famous 1968 film, ensured a sell-out for the full 3 months visit to Manchester. The Producers won widespread acclaim as well as breaking Palace Theatre box office records.
The musical also became one of our most successful shows with over 21,731 tickets being sold by both ManchesterComedyGuide.com and ManchesterTheatres.com, the equivalent of eleven full houses at the Palace Theatre during it's 3 month run!
Peter Kay didn't actually feature until almost an hour of the show had passed, and he probably only appeared on stage for no more than 30 mins, however 'The Producers' was much more than just the 'Peter Kay show'. It was an hilarious musical and, as a result, won more of our member's votes than any other comedy show in 2007. [click here to buy the film]
Bill Bailey
2) Bill Bailey - MEN Arena watch a trailer| (134 votes received)
The Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Q.I. star enjoyed 3 sell-out nights at the MEN Arena in November as part of his Tinselworm tour, mixing music with stand-up in his own trademark fashion.
Justin Moorhouse
3) Justin Moorhouse - The Comedy Store, The Lowry, Opera House & others (129 votes received)
The Mancunian stand-up, Key 103 DJ, and Phoenix Nights star made numerous appearances on the local comedy scene in 2007 with highlights being his 'One Night Stand' at The Opera House (November) and his 'Who's The Daddy Tour' (The Lowry in September).
 
Other shows shortlisted from the 1795 votes received...
Mrs Brown's Last Wedding - Opera House (106 votes received)
Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes - The Lowry (93 votes received) [click here to buy the dvd]
1795 votes received in total from members in this category
 
ManchesterBars.com award for
Best Bar in 2007
From the 3,506 votes cast by ManchesterBars.com readers throughout 2007 and also those submitted by members of PrideOfManchester.com and UKTheatreGuides.com, 248 different bars, pubs and nightclubs picked up nominations with the final shortlist being very close. Many of the votes were certainly concentrated around independent European-style bars offering real ale and import beer, with the likes of Odd, Cask, Temple, Corbieres and Trof picking up a huge sway of votes. Even the cocktail bars pulling in most votes fit the category of 'small independents' with the excellent Bacchanalia, Socio Rehab, Tribeca, and Mojo all having an emphasis on quality drinks aimed at all comers. It's unlikely you'd be turned away from any of the top 10 bars for wearing the 'wrong' shoes or being the 'other' side of 30. One things for certain, we can't wait to do a pub crawl taking in all of the Top 10 nominees. Anybody fancy joining us?
Odd
Despite being 3 years old and, more recently, spawning Odder across town on Oxford Road, it's the original Odd Bar that has picked up most readers' votes for Best Manchester Bar in 2007..
One of Manchester's most bohemian bars, Odd helped transform the Northern Quarter way back in 2005. It's successfully remained one of the best bars in town with it's very unpretentious attitude, great imported beers and food that’s as quirkily fabulous as the decor. The jukebox boasts many superb Manchester tunes plus you can give your suggestions to the friendly bar staff and they'll try and add your CD's to the machine.
Still one of the warmest, friendliest and most individual bars in this part of town, Odd seem to understand the concept of what Manunian drinkers are looking for and it's perhaps no surprise that they polled more votes than any other bar during 2007. [click here for more info]
Manchester Bars - Cask
Receiving only a few votes less than Odd was this very popular, laid-back European-style bar near the Hilton Tower in Castlefield. Boasting probably the largest import beer collection in Manchester, there's an outside patio garden and one of the best Manchester music jukeboxes in town. Cask is a little gem, a favourite of locals, football fans, business people and celebs alike. [more info]
 
3) Socio Rehab
 
Other bars shortlisted from the 3506 votes received...
Manchester Bars - Weatherspoons - Bacchanalia
With over 150 cocktails and some excellent wines, outside seating and a 3am license, certainly one of the best bars in town. [more info]
Manchester Bars - Weatherspoons - Chaophraya
Plush settees, traditional Thai sunken seating and wonderful table service from waitresses in traditional dress. [more info]
Manchester Bars - Weatherspoons - Room
One of Manchester's funkiest cocktail bars, Room boasts a plush interior, fantastic cocktails and a great atmosphere. [more info]
 
Corbieres - Mojo - Temple - Tribeca
 
3506 votes received from readers and members in this category, during 2007
   
ManchesterBars.com award for
Best Pub in 2007
From the 3,506 votes cast by ManchesterBars.com readers throughout 2007 and also those submitted by members of PrideOfManchester.com and UKTheatreGuides.com, 64 different pubs picked up nominations with the final shortlist being very close once more. Each of the top 10 nominees offer something different and we'll certainly be taking in a lazy Sunday pub crawl visiting each. Fancy joining us?
Manchester Pubs - The Old Nag's Head
Winning the title of Manchester's Best Pub in 2007 by the narrowist of margins, is this very popular hidden gem which dates back to the 1880's. Serving cask ales and daytime food, you'll find 4 pool tables upstairs, a video jukebox, rooftop beer garden, occassional live music, bedrooms and an excellent function room.
Located close to the Town Hall, the Old Nag's was also frequently used in the filming of Cold Feet, acting as Pete and Adam's regular after work meeting spot.
Being close to both the Opera House, Library Theatre and Bridgewater Hall, it's possibly no surprise that The Old Nag's Head picked up a fair portion of the votes from UK Theatre Guides members. [click here for more info]
 
2) Briton's Protection
3) Sam's Chop House
   
Other pubs shortlisted from the 3506 votes received...
Manchester Pubs - The Castle
A Northern Quarter gem popular for it's live music and 9 real ales, including 2 milds and a Winter Ale that's served all year round [more info]
Grand Central - Mr Thomas's Chop House - Peveril Of The Peak - Rain Bar - The Salisbury - Sinclair's Oyster Bar
 
3506 votes received from readers and members in this category, during 2007
   
ManchesterBars.com award for
Best Cocktail in 2007
From the 476 votes cast by ManchesterBars.com readers throughout 2007 and also those submitted by members of PrideOfManchester.com and UKTheatreGuides.com, 58 different bars picked up nominations for their cocktails with the final shortlist being extremely close once again. It would appear that prices didn't put people off voters from some cocktails. Our favourite, the Brazilian 501 champagne cocktail at Bacchanalia, widely recognised as being 'Manchester's bar tenders' favourite bar', missed out on the top 3 spot despite only costing £6.75, whilst many of the other bars nominated charge upto £11 for a cocktail and then add an extra 10% service charge.
Manchester Bars - Cloud 23
1st) Cloud 23 - Ena Sharples
The Hilton's Cloud 23, or 'Sky Bar' as it's known as to many out-of-towners, picked up most votes for best cocktail with their Ena Sharples in turn being the most popular. Cloud 23's Sally Cinnamon and The Hacienda cocktails also picked up a large number of votes.
 
2) Socio Rehab - Mojito
3) Opus One - One In A Million
   
Other bars shortlisted from the 476 votes received...
Manchester Bars - Weatherspoons - Bacchanalia
Sagatiba Cachaca, fresh lime juice and champagne make up this cool cocktail at 'the bar tender's bar of choice.' [more info]
Manchester Bars - Weatherspoons - Room
This ethical cocktail contains Snow Leopard Polish vodka, which contributes 15% of all sales towards the Snow Leopard Trust [more info]
 
Harvey Nichols 2nd Floor Bar - Second Floor Serve
Manchester 235 - Caipirinha
Mojo - Mojo Blue
Prohibition - Day At The Races
River Bar at The Lowry - The Voice
 
476 votes received from readers and members in this category, during 2007
   
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Pride Of Manchester award for
Members' Favourite Restaurant in 2007
Each member of the Pride Of Manchester and UK Theatre Guide mailing lists were invited to vote for their favourite restaurant in 2007. To prevent any cheating from establishments, each member was requested to vote for five restaurants. 458 members returned 2290 nominations for 143 different restaurants in the Manchester region. The most popular being...
Manchester Restaurants - Choice Restaurant
1st) Choice Bar & Restaurant (159 votes received)
Choice was the runaway winner of the Member's Favourite Restaurant Award, scoring an impressive 7% of the votes. It was also the most popular restaurant for online bookings made through Restaurants Of Manchester during 2007.
The excellent multi award-winning restaurant and piano bar in the beautiful Castlefield canal basin, offers many local dishes with a fine-dining twist, all produced with the finest local ingredients.
Choice was also the restaurant used in Coronation Street when Peter Kay's character, Eric Gartsde, took Shelley on a diner date with the character pointing out "it's won awards this place" before easing her concerns about it being too posh by adding "we've just as much right to be here as them and our money's just as good as theirs. Not that I'm a socialist, mind. I don't want you thinking that. Anyway, let's just keep politics out of it tonight. And religion. Are you Catholic? Never mind. I don't want to know". [click here for more info]
Manchester Bars - Weatherspoons - Chaophraya
2) Chaophraya (121 votes received)
The superb Thai restaurant above Sam's Chop House on Chapel Walks has certainly received the most page views on Restaurants Of Manchester and it's fine surroundings with traditional Thai service have undoubtably made it one of the best restaurants in Manchester. Extremely good value for money, it was a popular choice among members' votes. [click here for more info]
Manchester Bars - Weatherspoons - Bacchanalia
3) Bacchanalia (119 votes received)
The superb restaurant above the Chapel Walks cocktail bar is certainly one to watch. Serving British dishes with a Mediterranean twist it's quickly becoming recognised as one of the best bars and restaurants in Manchester and collected many members' nominations. We love it - obviously you do too! [click here for more info]
   
Other restaurants shortlisted from the 2290 votes received from 458 members...
British restaurants in Manchester - Grill On The Alley
Grill On The Alley (91 votes received)
Superb steak restaurant with specialities including Kobe beef, lobster, ostrich, suckling pig and oysters amongst many fine cuts of meat [more]
British restaurants in Manchester - The Modern
The Modern (58 votes received)
A very worthy if somewhat surprise entry to the shortlist, The Modern only opened in December however still received 58 votes. [more]
Italian restaurants in Manchester - Puccini's Swinton
Puccini's Ristorante (65 votes received)
Excellent traditional Italian restaurant that attracts A-List celebs and the entire United & England squads to it's unlikely setting in Swinton. [more]
Akbar's (103 votes) - Don Giovanni's (69 votes) - The French (60 votes) - Restaurant, Bar & Grill (60 votes)
 
2290 votes received from 458 members in this category
   
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Restaurants Of Manchester award for
Best Restaurant in 2007
From over 3,000 reviews submitted to Restaurants Of Manchester throughout 2007, the best restaurants in the region were deemed to be...
Manchester Restaurants - Chaophraya
With the exception of Akbar's, we received more reviews of Chaophraya than any other restaurant in 2007. reports were consistent throughout the year and the superb Thai restaurant above Sam's Chop House on Chapel Walks was deemed to be the only city centre restaurant scoring higher than four stars from our complex review system.
The fine surroundings and traditional Thai service were deemed to make it the best restaurant in Manchester, especially for the price.
Comments from our trusted reviewers included "out of this world food", "world class food at incredibly low prices", "amazing decor", and "excellent restaurant". [click here for more info]
Thai restaurants in Manchester - The Thai Lounge Whitefield
The second best restaurant in the region, according to readers' reviews submitted during 2007, also serves Thai cuisine. With the new multi-million pound Thai restaurant, Vermillion also recently opening, the standard has certainly been raised for other Manchester restaurants to follow suite. One visit to Whitefield's Thai Lounge, only 15 mins from the city centre by tram, proves just how much the local South East Asian contingent have reshaped the Manchester restaurant scene for the better. Well worth making the short journey! [click here for more info]
 
3) Akbar's
   
Other restaurants shortlisted from the 3051 reviews submitted during 2007...
Manchester Bars - Weatherspoons - Bacchanalia
Superb restaurant serving British dishes with a Mediterranean twist. Quickly becoming recognised as one of the best in Manchester [more info]
British restaurants in Manchester - Choice Bar & Restaurant
Excellent multi award-winning restaurant and piano bar in the Castlefield canal basin, offering many local dishes with a fine-dining twist [more]
British restaurants in Manchester - 110 Restaurant
Excellent fine dining restaurant situated in the Circus Casino on the corner of Portland Street & Oxford Street. [more info]
Italian restaurants in Manchester - Puccini's Swinton
Excellent traditional Italian restaurant that attracts A-List celebs and the entire United & England squads to it's unlikely setting in Swinton. [more]
 
Harvey Nichol's 2nd Floor Restaurant - The French - Sapporo Teppanyaki
 
results taken from 3051 reviews received from readers during 2007
   
Hotels Of Manchester award for
Best Hotel in 2007
From reviews submitted by many of the 50,000 people who booked a hotel room through Hotels Of Manchester in 2007, the best hotels in town were deemed to be...
Manchester Hotels - Arora International
From reviews submitted by the 333 people who booked a room at the Arora Hotel through Hotels Of Manchester in 2007, the Arora Hotel received higher praise than any other hotel in town, including the city's two 5 star offerings. The quality of the furnishings and the generous size of the rooms was consistently mentioned in particular. [click here to book]
 
2) Renaissance Hotel [click here to book]
3) Hilton Manchester Deansgate [click here to book]
   
Other hotels shortlisted from the reviews submitted by Hotels Of Manchester's 50,000 customers who stayed during 2007...
Manchester Hotels - Malmaison
Funky hotel and spa, popular with many celebs, including Take That during their 12 hometown nights in December. [click here to book]
City Inn - The Lowry - MacDonald Manchester - The Midland - Radisson Edwardian - Victoria & Albert
results taken from reviews submitted by some of our 50,000 customers who booked rooms in 2007
   
Hotels Of Manchester award for
Best Serviced Apartment in 2007
From reviews submitted by many of the 50,000 people who booked accommodation through Hotels Of Manchester in 2007, the best self-catering serviced apartments in town were deemed to be...
Manchester Apartments - Blue Rainbow Apartments
From reviews submitted by those who booked a self-catering apartment at Blue Rainbow Whitworth Street West (The Lock Building), it consistently scored higher than any other serviced apartment in Manchester. Free Wireless Internet Access, complimentary Continental breakfast, high quality furnishings and it's close proximty to both the Palace Theatre and Oxford Road were mentioned almost as much as it's value for money. [click here to book]
 
2) Hidden Gem Luxury Serviced Apartments - Spinningfields [click here to book]
3) Mill View Apartment - Lower Ormond Street [click here to book]
   
Other serviced apartments shortlisted from the reviews submitted by Hotels Of Manchester's 50,000 customers who stayed during 2007...
 
City Centre Chic (The Edge) [book] - Great Northern Tower Apartment [book]
 
results taken from reviews submitted by some of our 50,000 customers who booked rooms in 2007
   
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Pride Of Manchester award for
Mancunian of 2007
Despite nine personalities receiving nominations, the award for the Mancunian (or adopted Mancunian) of 2007 was almost a foregone conclusion. An astonishing 61% of the 1,935 members who submitted votes recognised Tony Wilson's contribution, before his untimely death in August, in making Manchester the city that it is today.
There is no doubt that his civic pride has had a direct or indirect influence on every one of the other Pride Of Manchester award winners, including the hotels, bars, restaurants and even self-catering apartments who have been able to benefit from Manchester's status as one of the most fashionable cities in the world. We're so indebted to Tony as a website for giving us the same passion for our great city that we've decided to name the 'Pride Of Manchester award for Mancunian of the Year' in his name in future years. Future generations should always be reminded of Tony Wilson's contribution to Manchester, in the same way that he championed the important contribution that everybody from Friedrich Engels and John Dalton to Ian Curtis or Shaun Ryder had on the city.
We bumped into Tony, whilst walking his dog by the canal in Castlefield a few days before he passed away. A forlorn figure, he was obviously very sick but his passion for Manchester, and his beloved Manchester United, never wained to the end despite his bitterness at not being able to obtain the drugs he needed to stay alive on the NHS. With the historic railway bridges, canals and warehouses providing the perfect back drop of the conversation, he reiterated the fact that Manchester was the most important city on earth and always had been as far back as the Industrial Revolution and the Suffragettes. His contribution to keeping it the most creative city on earth will always be acknowledged. We couldn't agree more. Thank you Tony, we'll never forget you!
Tony Wilson
1st) Anthony Wilson (1175 votes received)
The music mogul behind some of Manchester's most successful bands, Factory Records and The Hacienda nightclub. In 2007, Tony co-produced the film, 'Control' and was a partner of the 'In The City' music conference until he lost his battle with renal cancer on the 10th August, having never paid for private health care because of his socialist beliefs. On not being able to afford the drugs to help keep him alive he said, "I used to say some people make money and some make history, which is very funny until you find you can't afford to keep yourself alive". The Union Flag on Manchester Town Hall was lowered to half mast as a mark of respect for the man known simply as 'Mr Manchester'. [buy his autobiography]
Receiving 61% of the total vote, comments included...
"A genuine Mancunian legend, he was brilliant, funny and passionate about Manchester and its people, its music, culture and future", "He made a real difference", "He put us on the map", "He did so much for the region as a whole", "He was a pioneer for Manchester's musicians", "He was the father figure of a generation & the catalyst for much of what is good about the city", "Music first, businessman second!", "He put the spotlight on Manchester", "He made Manchester a known city for great music and its music scene", "His influence and promotion of great music was coupled with his passion for the greatest city in Britain", "He lived & breathed Manchester", "He was an ambassador for Manchester and portrayed the good things about Manchester. He also lived here until the very end.", "He deserves the award for the work and effort he gave to championing Manchester and for never leaving the City", "He was the man mainly responsible for the thriving Manchester we know and love today" and importantly, "He left a wonderful legacy that we must all try to maintain".
Russell Watson - Outside In
2) Russell Watson (275 votes received)
Another proud Mancunian who championed the city around the world, somehow finding time to do lots of charity work in between recording two excellent albums and suffering two brain tumours, Russell Watson had an incredible 2007. After suffering a brain tumour in late 2006, his album, 'That's Life' was delayed until March, reaching UK.4. After touring the UK, in May he sang the national anthem at Wembley ahead of his beloved Manchester United's defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup Final. He performed for the first time with the Halle at the PFA's Centenary charity concert and appeared at many other charity events throughout the year. In October, during the recording of his next album, 'Outside In', Russell suffered another brain tumour and was rushed into Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle. He was lucky to survive and is on a long road to recovery. 'Outside In' charted at UK no.14 in November. One member summed it up best when submitting her vote for Anthony Wilson; "I wish there could be two Mancunian's Of The Year Awards as both Tony and Russell are deserving of such praise. Both are such proud Mancunian's they'd be equally as honoured to receive the title as any other award they may have won in their past". [buy his autobiography]
Ricky Hatton
3) Ricky Hatton (192 votes received)
The Hyde boxer won plenty of members' votes for championing Manchester in the build up to his WBC Welterweight defeat to American Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas (his first defeat in over 44 bouts). An avid Manchester City fan, Ricky refuses to leave the city despite his fame and fortune. His support for many Manchester charities also attracted many members' comments. [buy his autobiography]
   
Other Mancunians shortlisted from the 1935 votes received...
Ryan Giggs| (76 votes received) [buy his autobiography]
1935 votes received from members in this category
Holiday to Montreux winner...
The Freddie Mercury statue in Montreux To celebrate our most successful year ever, enjoying over 3 million unique readers during 2007, we're pleased to offer a free weekend break for two in Montreux, Switzerland to one lucky voter, courtesy of one of our other websites, HotelsOfMontreux.com.
Like Manchester, Montreux is a town famed for its musical heritage. The annual Montreux Jazz Festival, now in it's 42nd year, is recognised as the leading music festival in the world, whilst Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' was written about the town. The album cover of Queen's superb 'Made In Heaven' was shot there with the Montreux-inspired track 'A Winter's Tale' written by Freddie Mercury at his Montreux home during his dying days. Together with statues of BB King, Miles Davis and Ray Charles, the memorial statue of Freddie is the centrepiece of the town, spectacularly overlooking Lake Geneva.
The winner of the holiday to Montreux is Louise Slattery from Blackburn.
 
Pride Of Manchester Awards 2007
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