Tributes paid to Nelson Mandela

People across the region are paying tribute to the former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who has died at the age of 95.

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Worcester service held in tribute to Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela died on Thursday evening Credit: Chris Bacon/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Special prayers will be said for Nelson Mandela in Worcester Cathedral at 4pm today.

The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, Dean of Worcester said "Nelson Mandela was one of the great figures of our time and the whole world is indebted to him".

The cathedral flag is being flown at half mast as mark of respect to the man who became South Africa's black president and who transitioned the country out of white rule.

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Jerry Dammers: 'So much time was taken from Mandela'

Jerry Dammers, who wrote the anthem Free Nelson Mandela, has said that it should not be forgotten how much of the former President of South Africa's life was taken by the 27 years he spent in prison.

He said: "He actually died a very young man he had... 27 years in prison. A large part of his life was taken and we shouldn't forget that. He was a young man, he wasn't an old man."

He added that despite Mandela's poor health in recent years the news of his death yesterday still came as a shock.

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Nelson Mandela an 'inspiration' - Mayor of Leicester

People in the East Midlands have been paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, who passed away last night at the age of 95.

The former South African President visited the Midlands in the 1990s after his release from prison.

A park in Leicester was dedicated to him in honour of his attempts to end apartheid. The city's Mayor, Peter Soulsby, said President Mandela has been an inspiration to those fighting discrimination.

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