The Union Flag at Bedford Borough Hall will fly at half-mast until the start of next week as a sign of the nation’s respect for Nelson Mandela following his death on Thursday, December 5.
Nelson Mandela visited Bedford on April 7, 2000, when he was warmly received by the crowds who had gathered to welcome him.
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We can all learn from this truly inspirational man.
“Bedford is home to a number of cultures and ethnicities; together we remember the world’s most powerful symbol of reconciliation, hope and progress, Nelson Mandela. We must ensure his legacy lives on.”
The flag will fly again at half-mast on the day of Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
>> The University of Bedfordshire is flying the flag of South Africa in honour of Nelson Mandela and to celebrate the life and leadership of the former South African President, who died at the age of 95.
Vice Chancellor Bill Rammell said: “As a mark of celebration for the life and leadership of Nelson Mandela, the university will fly the flag of South Africa at our main campus sites today and through the next few days.
“Nelson Mandela was the world’s leading light for the values of respect, social justice and equality of opportunity. President Mandela once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ As a University, we have the opportunity to live up to that promise every single day.
“Our thoughts go to his family and citizens across South Africa.”
The South Africa flag will be flown at the University’s Bedford, Luton, and Putteridge Bury campuses from today until after the state funeral for Mr Mandela, which is likely to be on December 14.