Book to mark the death of Nelson Mandela

By Connie Osborne Friday 06 December 2013 Updated: 10/12 10:37

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A BOOK of condolences has been opened to allow residents to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.

The book, based at Redditch Town Hall's reception, has been made available in honour of the first black president of South Africa who passed away aged 95 on Thursday (December 5).

It can be signed from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am until 12pm on Saturdays until the end of January.

It will be then sent on to the South African Commission in London.

As a mark of respect the Town Hall's flag will also stay at half mast until 8pm tonight (Friday).

There will also be a minute's silence at Monday’s (December 9) full council meeting, where councillors will also pay their respects.

Council leader Bill Hartnett, said: "Mr Mandela was the symbol of civil rights to millions worldwide and many people in Redditch will be saddened by his death. He was a truly great man and changed the world for good.

"We have now opened a book of condolences at the Town Hall which will be sent to the South African government."

MP Karen Lumley said although she never met him she was lucky enough to hear him speak at the House of Commons.

"He was an amazing man of his time. He brought much needed stability to South Africa and was one of the biggest players of the world's political stage.

"He will be sadly missed."

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