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Fife pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

Former South African President Nelson Mandela,  visit to Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow, when he visited convicted Lockerbie bomber Al-Megrahi  .... Picture Donald MacLeod 10.6.02

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, visit to Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow, when he visited convicted Lockerbie bomber Al-Megrahi .... Picture Donald MacLeod 10.6.02

 

Flags in Fife are flying at half mast following the death of Nelson Mandela, and books of condolences are being opened across the region.

Gordon Brown MP has also paid tribute to Nelson Mandela as ‘‘the greatest of Africans.’’

The Kirkcaldy MP and former Prime Minister spoke following the death of the man who led South Africa to freedom after 27 years in prison.

Mr Mandela’s death at the age of 95 sparked tributes across the globe.

Mr Brown - who met him on a number of occasions and regarded him as a friend as well as one of his own heroes - said: “Nelson Mandela was the greatest leader of our generation.

‘‘A leader of magnanimity, fortitude, unshakeable optimism and most of all, the most courageous man I ever met, one of the heroes of not just our time, but all time.

“True courage requires not only strength of will but strength of belief.

‘‘What motivated Nelson Mandela and drove him to risk his life for freedom was a burning passion that irrespective of colour, race and background, all people are created equal – and his list of historic achievements starts with a multiracial South Africa.

“Every accolade in the world was awarded to him but the one he prized most was Children’s Champion.

As he said in his book, he had climbed one mountain, but there is another still to climb – dignity for every child.

“He was the greatest of Africans. He had greatness as vast as the continent he loved. He had within him the greatness of the human soul.

‘‘And for me, he was a good and great friend.

‘‘With Graça, his beloved wife and his family we all today mourn his death, but we celebrate the greatness of his life.”

>> Fife Council agreed to fly flags at half-mast from all main council buildings across the Kingdom.

Books of condolence will also be opened to allow people to pay tribute to Africa’s most famous son from midday on Monday.

Provost of Fife, Jim Leiashman commented: “This is an exceptionally sad day. Nelson Mandela was an inspirational leader and someone who changed the lives of people, not only in South Africa, but across the world. He will be sorely missed.”

Books of condolence will be located in: Fife House, Glenrothes; City Chambers, Dunfermline; County Buildings, Cupar; Forth House, Kirkcaldy; Brunton House, Cowdenbeath; Methil Library and Local Office, Levenmouth and Civic Centre, Inverkeithing.

 

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