Middlesbrough council to rededicate room to Nelson Mandela

Darlington and Stockton Times: Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela

MIDDLESBROUGH Town Hall’s Mandela Room is to be rededicated to the inspirational former South African leader.

A motion was put before a meeting of Middlesbrough Council by coun Mike Carr who joined the anti-apartheid movement 50 years ago.

Coun Carr also studied alongside Mandela’s Thabo Mbeki, who succeeded Mandela as president of South Africa and whose Govan Mbeki, was imprisoned by the apartheid regime.

Coun Carr said: “In the mid-1980s, a number of local authorities used a variety of methods to raise the issue of apartheid.

"Our contribution, modest enough in itself, was to name our major committee and meeting room the Mandela Room in 1986.

"It was a gesture widely welcomed in the town, not least because it was making a statement not just about racial equality in South Africa, but about racial equality in Middlesbrough as well.”

It was agreed unanimously that the room should be rededicated at a council meeting.

A small ceremony to mark the event is expected to be organised in due course.

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11:19pm Thu 9 Jan 14

behonest says...

And what exactly did Mandela do for the people of Middlesbrough, to justify naming this room after him? Nothing whatsoever?

Are there not enough British historical figures that this room could have been named after?

This seems like yet another ridiculous loony left Labour gesture. Pointless.
And what exactly did Mandela do for the people of Middlesbrough, to justify naming this room after him? Nothing whatsoever? Are there not enough British historical figures that this room could have been named after? This seems like yet another ridiculous loony left Labour gesture. Pointless. behonest

4:48am Fri 10 Jan 14

BMD says...

I must agree - wasting of money again.
I must agree - wasting of money again. BMD

10:15pm Sat 11 Jan 14

pensioner2 says...

Nelson Mandela was a terrorist, do your history and research Middlesbrough- he didnt just kill white people he killed and murdered black people too and he and his ANC army invented "necklacing" putting a tyre round an opponents neck, filling it with petrol and setting it on fire. For Gods sake what feeble researchers do Middlesbrough council and the media use these days? its all there just waiting to be found!!!!- IF you can be arsed!!
Nelson Mandela was a terrorist, do your history and research Middlesbrough- he didnt just kill white people he killed and murdered black people too and he and his ANC army invented "necklacing" putting a tyre round an opponents neck, filling it with petrol and setting it on fire. For Gods sake what feeble researchers do Middlesbrough council and the media use these days? its all there just waiting to be found!!!!- IF you can be arsed!! pensioner2

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