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"Aberdeen awarded Mr Mandela our highest honour" - Lord Provost George Adam

06/12/13

Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela who died on Thursday [05 December] aged 95.

Nelson Mandela was presented with the Freedom of the city of Aberdeen by Council leader at the time,Councillor Tom Payne. Mr Mandela was awarded the Freedom of Aberdeen City on 29 November 1984.

The award was given "in recognition of the protracted persecution which he has endured and the example which he has set the whole world in his fight for freedom in opposing the evil of apartheid in his native land of South Africa".

Lord Provost George Adam said: "There are not many people who could say they changed the world, but Nelson Mandela was one of them.

"Faced with the fiercest oppression, he refused to give up fighting for the most basic of human rights.

"Alongside many other cities Aberdeen awarded Mr Mandela our highest honour, the Freedom of the City.

"This was a token of our respect and admiration for a man whose campaign for freedom and democracy had a global impact and whose legacy will inspire generations to come."

As a mark of respect the Aberdeen City Council banner is flying at half mast from the Town House and will remain so until after Mr Mandela's funeral.