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Leeds mourns Nelson Mandela


The city is mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, an honorary freeman of Leeds. Three books of condolence are available to sign in the Civic Hall Portland Crescent Reception, in Chapeltown’s Nelson Mandela Community Centre and The Reginald Joint Service Centre.


Nelson Mandela visited the city in 2001 to thank the people of Leeds for their commitment to the anti-apartheid movement and solidarity with South Africa during its struggles and liberation. The unity inspired by Mandela’s fight for freedom has continued to cement the city’s fifteen-year partnership with Durban. Leeds once again stands with South Africa, and with Mandela’s family, during their time of mourning.


Events will be held across the city in the coming weeks to celebrate his life.

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