On the day of Nelson Mandela’s funeral, we publish the latter of condolence sent by Leeds NW Labour Party, and these personal reminiscences of a Leeds NW activist from Adel and Wharfedale ward

Adel and Wharfedale Branch

Nelson Mandela: the world mourns his passing, and celebrates the life of a person who somehow made the world a bit better place.

Mandela visit in 2001, Rededication of Mandela Gardens

Leeds has a place in the Mandela story, and one to be proud of. The visit of Nelson Mandela to Leeds in 2001, the award of the Freedom of the City, the re-dedication of Mandela Garden, the crowds in Millenium Square; Mandela on stage in Millenium square being hugged by the children – that was a day of happiness and celebration.

Original Mandela Gardens opening – 1983
But it was far from the beginning of Leeds’ celebration of Mandela and all he stood for. Leeds Labour Council backed the call for sanctions against the apartheid regime, and despite considerable protests in the right wing press, named the original Mandela gardens and dedicated them to the long struggle for equality…

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