WIGAN joined the rest of the world in paying tribute to Nelson Mandela.
South Africa’s first black president - a figure of inspiration and hope to millions - died at home surrounded by his family in Johannesburg aged 95 on Thursday night.
Within minutes of the news being announced by current president Jacob Zuma, emotional tributes and memories flooded news and social media sites including those from leading global figures such as Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama.
Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Smith, led local tributes. He said: “Nelson Mandela was a remarkable man who endured 27 years of imprisonment to emerge, without bitterness, to lead his nation to a peaceful solution to its racial problems.
“Like many others he inspired and influenced me. We should celebrate his achievements and remember his legacy to guide us in the future.”
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