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Legend remembered: Mandela service comes to Leeds

A person holds the official programme ahead of the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa.

A person holds the official programme ahead of the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa.

More details have emerged of the commemorative service for Nelson Mandela, set to take place in Leeds this week.

The service at Leeds Minster will be conducted by the Rt. Revd. John Packer, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, and Canon Tony Bundock, Rector of Leeds on Thursday, December 12, at 6pm.

Civic leaders including Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council and Cllr Thomas Murray, Lord Mayor of Leeds, will attend the service alongside the council’s chief executive Tom Riordan.

The tribute will feature music from the Minster Choir, the Free Range Choir and the Gledhow Choir of African Song. The event has been organised by Leeds Minster alongside the council and Leeds Churches Together in Mission.

The Rt Revd John Packer said: “This is a time of mourning but also of celebration, and this service can be a celebration of his life and a reminder that there still is the pursuit of justice within our world.”

 
 
 

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