Book of condolence opened for Mandela

A book of condolence has been opened so people can pay their respects to Nelson Mandela who died on Thursday night.

The book will be  located inside the main door at Lerwick Town Hall and will be available to the public Monday to Friday during office hours.

Shetland Islands Council convener Malcolm Bell said:  “Given Nelson Mandela’s unique contribution to world events, which transcended all boundaries, I feel it appropriate to open a book of condolence to allow Shetland people to express their thoughts and appreciation for his life”.

Mr Bell will be adding his contribution to the book on Monday morning.


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  • Elisabeth Bain

    • December 6th, 2013 18:29

    God Bless this man who brought peace to his country. A lot of lessons could be learnt from this especially in Shetland. His history should be taught in Schools, he spent 27 years in jail for his beliefs, won a Nobel Peace Prize, surely he should added to the Curriculum. Sadly missed, but never forgotten.

  • Joe Johnson

    • December 6th, 2013 19:55

    Nelson Mandela, what an amazing man he was. Such an inspiration. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and the people of South Africa at this sad time

  • Savannah Buchholz

    • December 6th, 2013 23:31

    You brought us up to freedom, you will be missed by all.

  • Neil Williamson

    • December 7th, 2013 2:20

    Out of the spotlight of “good he did” what about the ANC side, the colaberation with the MUFC, etc etc, all the women kids and perfectly innocent people tortured, maimed, brutalised and killed?
    Is this a side we lest forget too?
    My God, next we will be signing Bin Laddens praises.
    What I mean to say is, that we should only rejoice if someone has a crystal clear path behind them, alas, N M does not.

  • leslie sinclair

    • December 7th, 2013 6:35

    A good man who brought unity to his country and free elections to end apartheid.

  • sue hawkins

    • December 7th, 2013 9:16

    In reply to Neil Williamson, no one is flawless and I think Mandela would be the first to agree, he went to prison so we didn’t forget about the ordinary people, ‘let those without sin cast the first stone’

  • john bennett

    • December 7th, 2013 9:37

    his cause was just and he was an incredible man what neil says illustrates the fact we have such double standards will martin mcguinness have a book of condolence opened by the sic? he faught injustice with bombs before the ira most catholics didnt even have a vote

  • David Spence

    • December 7th, 2013 14:17

    Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to us all. He proved that human kindness and forgiveness can prevail over all obstacles of oppression. I just wish our society of monetary and material greed could learn lessons from this wonderful man, and that our politicians and those in power take note of the principles Nelson had in that people are what society is about, and not this of the most controlling, destructive and negative impact in our society, this of capitalism and the greed for wealth and money (the banks could learn a few lessons from Nelson Mandela, and the principles of justice and philosophy he fought for). The world will miss Mandela dearly.

  • Joe Johnson

    • December 8th, 2013 15:15

    Neil Williamson, no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes in life. what Nelson Mandela did was amazing and not only impacted South Africa but also the world. I’m very sure Nelson Mandela would have been the first to say he made mistakes in life. You are not going to find a perfact man anywhere.

  • Thelma Marl

    • December 9th, 2013 14:17

    In response to Neil Williamson’s comments about the MUFC and Neldson Mandela, having just looked this topic up, the only person linked to this that I could find is Winnie Mandela, not Nelson Mandela (perhaps he was in prison at the time). Also, I never noticed news that Bin Laden did anything remotely likely to generate a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, let alone be awarded such an honour.

    While on the subject of Nelson Mandela, let us not forget Steve Biko and remember him also at this time for his great courage and commitment to the ideal of an apartheid free South Africa.

  • Raymond Smith

    • December 9th, 2013 14:43

    RIP NM- a legend in is own life time. Has for Martin McGuinness huge disgrace that JB mentions that IRA commander in the same breath.

  • Neil Williamson

    • December 10th, 2013 4:55

    OK, I stand correct, Nelson Mandella was fine we it.


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