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Dear Diary: April 16th

In my diary of 1990, on this day then, we went to the Nelson Mandela concert at Wembley, officially called ‘Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa’, held two months after his release.

‘Today we went to the Nelson Mandela concert. Joe (my brother) stayed at Nan’s. Aswad played and someone from a newspaper took my photo. I was on TV for a second. When Nelson Mandela came on, we didn’t stop cheering for 10 minutes. At the end, we couldn’t get out of the car park – it’s so badly built. It took us two hours. We got home at 3am.’

Pleased to see the main take away from the one and only time I saw Nelson Mandela in person was the bad design of the car park at Wembley Stadium…


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