Friday, August 1, 2014
Glasgow and Nelson Mandela
CardsAsGifts alerted me to a great story within the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony told by Billy Connolly. Glasgow had awarded the "Freedom of the city" to Nelson Mandela in 1981 when he was still in prison. In 1986 Glasgow then changed the name of the street St Georges Place to Nelson Mandela Place. This was of most significance because the South African Consulate was in that street and, in the middle of the apartheid regime, they now had to give their address as Nelson Mandela Place on all of their letters, a man who at the time was a political prisoner. Those canny Scots!