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Leicester to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela

Leicester is getting ready to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela today in three separate events.

Nelson Mandela: Leicester to host special events

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.

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