A book full of tributes from Sutton people to Nelson Mandela is to be sent to the South African High Commission.

Almost 300 tributes were left in a book of remembrance for the former South African president set up by Sutton Council in the wake of his death last month.

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Sutton Mayor Sean Brennan signs the book of remembrance

The book was left out at the council's civic offices but has now closed and will be sent to the South African High Commission in London.

Sutton Mayor Councillor Sean Brennan led the tributes. He said: "Nelson Mandela was a true leader - an example and inspiration for tens of thousands of people in Sutton.

"Signing the book of remembrance was a way for residents to make their tributes and pay their respects to the former South African president."

Some of the tributes left in the book included:

-"I had the honour and the privilege of meeting you. You are, and always will be, an amazing man. The world will miss you."

-"You were an inspiration not only for South Africa but for the world. May your legacy live on."

-"Not just a man, but a legend and an inspiration to all."

-"A great man who always believed in peace. Even after 27 years in jail, you were willing to forgive and to live happily together."

-"You were such an inspiration to me and the students I had the privilege to teach. Rest in peace."


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