Nelson Mandela: Flags fly at half mast as mark of respect

06 December 2013

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Woking Borough Council has lowered all three flags flown about the Civic Offices as a mark of respect to Nelson Mandela. The former South African President and anti-apartheid activist sadly passed away last night after losing his long battle against illness.

At hearing the news, Cllr John Kingsbury, Leader of Woking Borough Council, said: "I hope the people of our Borough will join the rest of the world, and I, in mourning the sad passing of one of the world's greatest political statesmen, Nelson Mandela. He was an inspiration to many, preaching tolerance and forgiveness, while uniting a nation torn apart by apartheid. As a mark of respect, flags flown above the Civic Offices will be at half mast until the day after his funeral."

Nelson Mandela was the first black South African to become President in the first free and open elections in 1994, after serving 27 years in prison for his political beliefs. He gained international acclaim for his activism, having received more than 250 honours, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

A book of condolence will be available from Monday 9 December in the reception area of the Civic Offices for residents to pay their respects with their own personal messages. Alternatively, messages of condolence can be left online at www.nelsonmandela.org