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Nelson Mandela: Aberdeen 'plans major celebration of his life'

Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie, walking hand in hand, raise clenched fists upon his release from Victor prison, Cape Town, 11 February 1990
Image caption Nelson Mandela, pictured in 1990 with then wife Winnie, died last week

A major celebration of Nelson Mandela's life could take place in Aberdeen next year.

The 95-year-old former South African president, who died last week, was awarded the Freedom Of The City in 1984 along with his then wife Winnie Mandela.

The council's Town House flag is flying at half mast until after Mr Mandela's funeral on Sunday.

Lord Provost George Adam said he wanted Aberdeen's tribute to be fitting.

He told BBC Scotland: "I am sure we will be doing something to remember the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

"It's reflecting our internationalism as a city, and what he did as a man."

It could be held on Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July.

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