Nelson Mandela condolence books opened in Wellingborough and Kettering

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Books of condolence for Nelson Mandela have been opened by Wellingborough and Kettering councils to allow people to pay their respects.

The first black president of South Africa died on Thursday at the age of 95.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

He had been receiving medical care for a lung infection at his home.

A book of condolence is available to sign between 9.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday, at the council offices at Swanspool House, Doddington Road, Wellingborough.

A separate one has been set up by Kettering council at their Bowling Green Road offices. It is positioned in the Customer Service Centre, which is open between 8.30am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Flags have also been flown at half mast by Corby (left) and East Northamptonshire councils.

Flag flies at half mast outside the Corby Cube to remember Nelson Mandela

Flag flies at half mast outside the Corby Cube to remember Nelson Mandela

Meanwhile, a Burton Latimer man has told the Telegraph of the time he spent two hours sitting next to Mandela on a flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town by chance.

Tony Keech, who lived and worked in South Africa for 10 years, said he talked to Mandela about his relationship with other world leaders.

Mr Keech added: “It’s come home to me just how lucky I was to have met him. He made me feel very comfortable in his presence.

“I feel humbled and privileged to have met this man.”

If you have any memories of Nelson Mandela you would like to share, email nt.newsdesk@northantsnews.co.uk.