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Mandela remembered in Gloucester

A service is being held this evening at Gloucester Cathedral to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela. There's also a book of remembrance to sign.

Meanwhile Bristol's Big Screen in Millennium Square is to show live footage of the former South African president's funeral on Sunday.

A special service is being held at Gloucester Cathedral to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela Credit: ITV News West Country

Gloucester Cathedral commemorates Mandela

The St George flay at Gloucester Cathedral will be flying at half mast today in commemoration of the life of Nelson Mandela.

“The passing of Nelson Mandela is a world event; he was the greatest man of our times. Nelson Mandela embodied the peace and forgiveness we see in Jesus Christ. Now he is free again. At Gloucester Cathedral we shall remember Nelson Mandela in our daily prayers and especially at a service at 5.30pm on Thursday 12th December, during which the Choir will sing an African song – ‘Siyahamba’ which means ‘We are walking in the light of God’. All are welcome.”

– The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester

People are also being invited to sign a book of remembrance

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Service for the UK's youngest bishop

The Venerable Martyn Snow will be welcomed at Gloucester Cathedral this afternoon Credit: Diocese of Gloucester

A special service is to take place at Gloucester Cathedral to welcome the country's youngest bishop.

The Venerable Martyn Snow was appointed Bishop of Tewkesbury in August. The 45-year-old father-of-three spent most of his working life as a priest in Sheffield but says he'll work hard to get to know Gloucestershire.

Cathedral redundancies after fall in donations

Six staff have been made redundant at Gloucester Cathedral after a fall in donations.

The Dean and Chapter were forced to make the redundancies to save £120,000 a year. Two were compulsory and four voluntary.

Whilst we have more people coming to worship, they've got less money so they're able to give us less money.

– The Dean, Very Reverend Stephen Lake

Tens of thousands of people visit the 900 year old building every year. It was described by poet John Betjeman as the sixth most beautiful building in Europe and has been used as a set for filming scenes in the Harry Potter films and Doctor Who.

The Dean said entry fees will not be introduced saying it would be a "fallacy" to think it would solve the problem.

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