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From The Glasgow Story

mandela place

Nelson Mandela’s lawyer, Ishmail Ayob, at the launch of the Freedom at 70 campaign in Nelson Mandela Place. Also in the picture, which appeared in the May 1988 issue of Glasgow City Council’s newspaper The Bulletin are Scottish anti-apartheid chairman Brian Filling, singer Jim Kerr and councillor Danny Crawford.

Nelson Mandela Place was originally St George’s Place. Glasgow City Council signalled its support for the campaign to free Nelson Mandela by renaming the street in honour of the political prisoner in 1986, much to the annoyance of staff in the South African consulate there.

Jim Kerr was lead singer and founder member of Glasgow rock band Simple Minds, formed in 1978. During the 1980s they established themselves as one of the most popular acts in the country, with hits such as Don’t You Forget About Me and Belfast Child and a series of successful albums. The group helped organise and performed at two Nelson Mandela tribute concerts in 1988 and 1990, the second of which was attended by the newly-released Mandela himself.


6 Responses

  1. Jim Kerr didn’t found Simple Minds – he founded Johnny & The Self-Abusers who morphed into SMs. Saw them often on a Saturday lunchtime at the Mars Bar, St. Enoch.

    • Jan Tomasik who owned the Apollo also owned the Saints and Sinners (Now King Tuts) where I did DJ work. He banned the group when he found out what self abuse was. Johnny and the Self Abusers then wrote and released (7″ vinyl) a single called “Saints and Sinners”

  2. Love it! Nelson Mandela was a man of conviction,rare indeed.How many of us would go to prison for our beliefs…hmmm

  3. A GIANT of a man and yet a ‘terrorist’ according to Margaret Thatcher…so there will probably be many ‘crocodile tears’ shed by those on the right of politics.

  4. I had a run in today with a chap who considers Mandela a Communist and UK TV to be anti-white! Hmmm. He will not be attending the funeral…..I hope.

  5. Strange that you would choose ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ as an example of Simple Minds music. That song is apparantly hated by Jim Kerr as he did not write it.

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