Council flags fly at half mast as a mark of respect for Nelson Mandela

SOUTH Lakeland District Council will today be flying its flags at half-mast in a show of respect for Nelson Mandela.

Flags will be flown at all council buildings: Kendal Town Hall and Ulverston Town Hall.

World leaders, celebrities and members of the public have paid tribute overnight to one of the world’s most respected statesmen. Flags are being flown at half-mast throughout the world and the UK.

Leader of South Lakeland District Council, Peter Thornton, said: "I've asked for our flags to fly at half-mast to mark the passing of a statesman whose reach extended far beyond politics"

Mr Mandela died on Thursday December 5 aged 95 years. He spent 27 years in jail before becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994. His administration replaced the white-minority regime that had enforced segregation of black and white people.

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