Tributes paid to Nelson Mandela

Tributes are being paid from the region to the late Nelson Mandela

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The North West pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

The North West has been paying tribute to the former South African president and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, who's died at the age of 95.

As soon as news of his death was announced last night, the messages of sympathy and love for the man known as 'Madiba' started flowing in television interviews and on social media sites.

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Flags at half mast in respect for Mandela

The flag is flying at half mast Credit: ITV News Border

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.

The flag at half mast Credit: ITV News Border

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."

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McCartney: Mandela 'the greatest man I never met'

Sir Paul McCartney has said Nelson Mandela "was one of the great men of all time" and he wished they had met.

Sir Paul said: "I particularly admired his lack of bitterness towards his jailers, which I think set the tone for South Africa's transition to democracy.

Sir Paul McCartney. Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

"I never actually got to meet him although I wished I could have done and, in fact, I would say he is the greatest man I never met ".

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Liverpool Mayor pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

“Our thoughts are with Nelson Mandela’s family and friends at this sad time.

“He conquered apartheid against all the odds. His release from prison and subsequent election as President was a symbol of hope, and proof that good always overcomes evil.

“His legacy will live on forever. He is, rightly, an inspiration to us all.”

– Mayor Joe Anderson

Liverpool pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

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