Full house expected to farewell Mandela

22:22, Dec 09 2013
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GOODBYE MADIBA: Flowers and written tributes are seen at Mandela square in Johannesburg.

The timing of Palmerston North's memorial service for Nelson Mandela has been confirmed and organisers are expecting a full house.

The music-rich service will be held this Sunday at 2pm in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Broadway Ave.

The service will celebrate the life of the anti-apartheid leader in song, reading, prayer and picture.

Palmerston North Anglican dean John Hornblow said that, although Mandela had a Christian-based faith, he was someone with whom people from all walks of life identified and connected with, and it was important that all in the city had an opportunity to farewell him.

Palmerston North children had created a powerpoint of Mandela's life and influence which would begin playing from 1pm.

The service itself would feature African drumming and South African expats were being lined up to speak about their experiences.

Extra chairs were likely to be needed for the service and getting there early was essential for people wanting a good seat, Mr Hornblow said.

A Book of Remembrance is open in the cathedral from 9am to 5pm each day this week for people to sign and have quiet contemplation about Mandela's life.

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