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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

Peter Gabriel pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

Singer Peter Gabriel has posted a tribute to Nelson Mandela on his youtube channel.

The former Genesis singer from Box near Bath was a strong voice in the anti-apartheid protests in the 1980's and funds the Elders Foundation - a project founded by Mandela which brings together global leaders to work for peace and human rights.

You can watch Peter Gabriel's tribute below:

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."

You can read more about Nelson Mandela here.

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