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People around the world have been mourning the death of the former South African president Nelson Mandela. The freedom campaigner touched the lives of people in our region too.
Mandela was instrumental in bringing the two suspects to court in the Lockerbie bombing. And at the height of the struggle against apartheid, Cumbria became the first shire county in England to adopt a formal declaration against the regime in South Africa.
Matthew Taylor reports:
First Minister Alex Salmond said:
“The death of Nelson Mandela marks the passing of a great statesman and a global icon, so it is only appropriate that we here in Scotland, a land Mr Mandela had great affinity with, mark his passing appropriately.
“That is why I have today instructed that the South African national flag should fly at half-mast alongside the Saltire outside St Andrew's House in Edinburgh.
“The whole world is marking the loss of a great leader – all of Scotland feels that loss, and we join the people of South Africa in particular in marking Mr Mandela’s passing.”
Kendal Town Hall's flag is flying at half mast in respect for the death of Nelson Mandela, and South Lakeland District Council has also lowered the flag on Ulverston Town Hall.
Leader of South Lakeland District Council, Peter Thornton, said:
"I've asked for our flags to fly at half-mast to mark the passing of a statesman whose reach extended far beyond politics."