Residents can pay tribute to Nelson Mandela at Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury Admag: Abbey to open book of condolence for Nelson Mandela Abbey to open book of condolence for Nelson Mandela

A BOOK of condolence to Nelson Mandela will be opened at Tewkesbury Abbey today.

Members of the public will be able to leave their tributes to the iconic former South African president.

The book has been set up at the east end of the Abbey, behind the High Altar, and the tributes will then be sent on to the South African High Commission in London.

The Reverend Canon Paul Williams said: "As world leaders gather in South Africa to remember, give thanks and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, we thought it good to give the people of Tewkesbury and beyond an opportunity to express their thoughts, feelings and prayers for this great man."

The Mayor of Tewkesbury, Coun Claire Wright, will be the first person to sign the book when it is opened at 2pm today.

"It is wonderful to have the opportunity to express my thoughts on this incredible person, who has made such an enormous impact upon so many people’s lives and world politics," she said.

"I am sure I join with the thoughts of many around the world today, in conveying my sorrow at his passing, but also to celebrate his amazing achievements."

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