Bishop leads Nelson Mandela remembrance

Town Hall
Town Hall

Lancastrians have been reflecting on the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

A book of remembrance was set up on a stall in Market Square, Lancaster, after the anti-apartheid hero died aged 95 on Thursday.

Lancashire’s new bishop, the Rt Rev Julian Henderson, led the county’s tributes and remembered a 2010 visit to Robbin Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for sabotage after campaigning for equal rights.

Bishop Julian said: “I had the amazing privilege to visit Robbin Island and stand at the door of the cell where Nelson Mandela had been imprisoned.

“His resilience and courage in the face of unjust and cruel opposition for those 27 years, followed by his forgiveness (‘let bygones be bygones’) has made the world, and particularly the people of South Africa, stand amazed that the human spirit is capable of such strength and generosity.

“We express our sympathy to his family and as preparations are made for a state funeral, let’s pray that many will be inspired to follow his example of humility and joy.”