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Tributes paid to Nelson Mandela

People across the region are paying tribute to the former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who has died at the age of 95.

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Memorial at Nelson Mandela Park in Leicester

Memorial at Nelson Mandela Park in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

Nelson Mandela's links to the Midlands are strengthened by the fact there is a park named after him in Leicester.

A memorial in the park carries a quote from Mandela spoken at the time of his trial in South Africa.

"During my lifetime I gave dedicated myself to the struggle of African people. I gave fought against White domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal if a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.

It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

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