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Pictures: party atmosphere at Leicester's Caribbean Carnival

Parade festivities in Leicester
Parade festivities in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central
Hundreds take part in the Caribbean Carnival
Hundreds take part in the Caribbean Carnival Credit: ITV News Central
Caribbean Carnival fun on the streets of Leicester
Caribbean Carnival fun on the streets of Leicester Credit: ITV News Central
Nelson Mandela's image features heavily in the parade
Nelson Mandela's image features heavily in the parade Credit: ITV News Central
The streets are full of carnival revellers
The streets are full of carnival revellers Credit: ITV News Central

Leicester's Carribean Carnival: road closures in place

Nelson Mandela's life will be the theme of this year's Caribbean Carnival
Nelson Mandela's life will be the theme of this year's Caribbean Carnival Credit: PA Wire

There are some road closures for the Caribbean Carnival in Leicester.

Some temporary parking restrictions will be in place near the park on the day with road closures around the route.

Bus services from the city centre will be diverted from 1pm until the parade has left the city.

Coach and bus services from St Margaret's Bus Station will not be affected.

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Jerry Dammers awarded Ivor Novello Inspiration Award

The Specials songwriter, Jerry Dammers, has been awarded the Inspiration Award at the 59th Ivor Novello Awards.

Dammers, from Coventry, scored a top 10 hit with his song 'Free Nelson Mandela', which was performed by Special AKA.

Jerry Dammers Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The song became an anti-apartheid anthem and Mr Mandela, who died in December, was eventually released in 1990.

The annual awards, known as The Ivors, are voted for by songwriters and composers.

Nelson Mandela tribute to be held in Birmingham

The event will also link to the coverage of the funeral in South Africa.
The event will also link to the coverage of Nelson Mandela's funeral in South Africa. Credit: The Drum

A tribute to Nelson Mandela will take place in Birmingham today on the day of his funeral.

The event, at The Drum, will see artists, musicians and poets celebrate the life of the former South African president.

A Book of Remembrance will also be available with extracts to be collected and presented to the South African Embassy.

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Critics slam 'shoddy' Mandela condolence book

A book of condolence opened in honour of Nelson Mandela has come under fire for being "shoddy" and "cheap".

Birmingham City Council has invited people to pay their respects to the former South African president by writing in the book - which consists of photocopied tribute sheets held inside plastic wallets.

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela Credit: John Stillwell/PA

It is accompanied by a photocopied picture of Mandela.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Northfield resident Susan Knowles - who lived in South Africa for 15 years - said she thought it was "disgraceful".

Read her full interview here.

Nelson Mandela: Leicester to host special events

Nelson Mandela died last week at the age of 95
Nelson Mandela died last week at the age of 95 Credit: PA Wire

Leicester is getting ready to host a number of events to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela.

A number of tributes will take place today in honour of the former South African president who died last week.

A gathering will take place at Nelson Mandela Park with poetry and texts including some of his famous quotes being read.

A symbolic Walk to Freedom will then take place from the park to Leicester Cathedral.

Finally a short service including gospel music and messages from city leaders will take place at the cathedral. Following the ceremony a vast Rainbow Tree will be created with ribbons of different colours tied onto a tree outside St Martins House.

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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