Leeds prepares to mark one year since death of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela visited Leeds in 2001.
Nelson Mandela visited Leeds in 2001.
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Civic leaders, community groups and young people will mark the one year anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela.

They will gather at Mandela Gardens, on Millennium Square, on Friday to pay tribute to the former South African president.

The anti-apartheid campaigner was given the Freedom of the City of Leeds when he officially opened Millennium Square in 2001.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner died at his home in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95.

The memorial celebration, which starts at 4pm, will continue with a community event at the Mandela Centre on Chapeltown Road from 6pm.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, will speak at the event and said: “After Nelson Mandela’s tragic death, the outpouring of grief from the people of Leeds showed just how much this exceptional man meant to the city.

“People of all generations were keen to pay tribute and be part of the incredible legacy he has left behind.

“It’s only fitting that we mark the anniversary of his death.”