Flags at half mast outside Scottish Government HQ


South African flag flying at half-mast alongside the Saltire outside Scottish Government headquarters http://t.co/B3D7S5Ar4G


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.”


Tributes for Mandela

People from Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders have been paying respect to Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95.