Idc NorthEast being awarded The Lord Mayors Nelson Mandela Award in Newcastle.
Newcastle City Council announced plans to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s legacy with a special Lord Mayor’s award recognising people across Newcastle who help bring communities together.
The awards will go to the individuals or organisations that have made a real difference to community understanding and helped maintain Newcastle’s excellent record in cultural relations.
This will form part of a celebration to coincide with the first anniversary of the death of the inspirational South African leader on the 5th December. The city’s intention to create the award is announced on 18th July, the UN-designated “Mandela Day” and what would have been the former President’s 96th birthday.
Newcastle was one of the first UK cities to grant Nelson Mandela freedom of the city back in 1986 during the height of apartheid.
Deputy Leader of the Council Cllr Joyce McCarty said: “Nelson Mandela will be remembered for the way he brought communities together and we want to mark the anniversary of his death by celebrating what his inspirational message means to Newcastle today. There are many in our community who devote their time and energy to community relations and we want to recognise them.”