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Book of condolence for Nelson Mandela

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Chesterfield residents can pay their respects to former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Chesterfield Borough Council has opened a book of condolence in its customer service centre in New Square.

Cllr John Burrows, the authority’s leader, said: “Nelson Mandela was a world leader without parallel and millions across the world will mourn his passing.

“His long successful fight against apartheid was an inspiration to many and it is a lasting legacy that people of all ethnic backgrounds mark his death.”

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins called Mr Mandela a “remarkable human being”.

He added: “He was an example to us all.”

On the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook page, Dave Milner said: “The man stood for freedom and what was right. He was a great man and will missed by millions.”

Andy Slack added: “The greatest leader of modern times. Instead of seeking revenge on his captors he brought peace and unity to South Africa.”

Flags at the headquarters of Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council have been flying at half mast as a mark of respect.

Mr Mandela died after a long illness on Thursday aged 95.

 

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