Video: Leeds Minster service in memory of Mandela

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A commemorative service celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela has been held at Leeds Minster.

Civic leaders were among those who attended the service to honour the former South African president.



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.”

Members of the Minster Choir, the Free Range Choir, the Gledhow Choir of African Song, Garforth Academy with the Mzuvele School Choir, and St Peter’s School in Lincoln Green sang at the service.

Mandela was made an honorary freeman of Leeds during his visit to the city in 2001.

Thousands of well-wishers flocked to Millennium Square to catch a glimpse of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

During his visit the anti-apartheid hero, who preached reconciliation despite being imprisoned for 27 years, rededicated the Mandela Garden.