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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

Exeter holds remembrance gathering for Mandela

Anti-apartheid campaigners used to meet in Bedford Street in Exeter Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A gathering of remembrance is being held in Exeter tonight to celebrate the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela. The city had one of the first anti-apartheid organisations in Britain.

It held regular meetings in Bedford Street in the 1960s. At 7pm its past members and people who want to give thanks for the life of Nelson Mandela will meet again in what is now Bedford Square.


Mandela birthday celebrations to go ahead

Former South African President Nelson Mandela. Credit: Reuters

An event to celebrate Nelson Mandela's birthday will still go ahead in Bristol despite his failing health.

The former South African President will be 95 on July 18th.

An evening of African Dance music will be held two days later on July 20th at ARC in Broad Street in the centre of Bristol.

Internationally renowned signer Ruth Moore will fly in specially from Botswana for the event.

Organiser Phil McCowen said, "We’re setting out to honour Nelson Mandela with an exciting night of African Dance music, Reggae, and Radical Folk. And we aim to build this bigger still every year to keep alive the memory of his heroic struggle for justice democracy and equality."

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