Special events to mark first anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela

Caption: Nelson
Mandela pictured at the opening of Millennium Square in Leeds in 2001.

Civic leaders, community groups and young people will gather in Leeds this week to mark the one year anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela.

The event at Mandela Gardens on Millennium Square this Friday (Dec 5) will include a poetry reading by Leeds Young Authors before floral tributes are laid.

A specially-commissioned film documenting Mandela’s legacy in Leeds will then be shown on the big screen on Millennium Square.

Members of the public are invited to attend the tribute, which begins at 4pm.

The celebration of Mandela’s life will then continue with a community event at the Mandela Centre on Chapeltown Road starting at 6pm.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, who will pay tribute to Mandela with a speech at Friday’s event, said:

“After Nelson Mandela’s tragic death, the outpouring of grief from the people of Leeds showed just how much this exceptional man meant to the city.

“People of all generations were keen to pay tribute and be part of the incredible legacy he has left behind.

“It’s only fitting that we mark the anniversary of his death and also celebrate the special connection our city shares with someone who has become a symbol of freedom and justice across the world.”

Nobel Peace Prize winner Mandela, who officially opened Millennium Square when he visited Leeds in 2001, died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95.

During his visit to Leeds, the former South Africa president and anti-apartheid campaigner received the Freedom of the City of Leeds.

Following his death, a commemorative service was held at Leeds Minster.

And in June, local young people welcomed three representatives of the South African High Commission to Leeds Civic Hall to mark 20 years since the end of apartheid.

To view a short version of the video that will be screened on Millennium Square, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm0XUFPCwHw


For media enquiries, please contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk