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Nelson Mandela's legacy to live on after he helped save Aldenham temple Bhaktivedanta Manor
He might have lived thousands of miles away but Nelson Mandela’s legacy will live on in Aldenham after he joined the fight to save a Hindu temple from closure.
Bhaktivedanta Manor, in Hillfield Lane, Aldenham, was on the brink of shutting down in 1995 - but the inspirational figure vowed to do all in his power to ensure it stayed open.
And true to his word, Mandela wrote a letter to then British Prime Minister John Major pleading him to step in and take action.
But the man behind it was Frank Ward, of Mildred Avenue, Borehamwood, who travelled to South Africa with the sole intention of garnering the late president’s support.
Mandela died last week at the age of 95 after a long illness - but Mr Ward has joined hundreds across the world in paying tribute to him.
The 75-year-old added: "This wonderful human being was opposed to injustice in any form.
"President Mandela was incredulous about any attempt to close down a public place of worship in the UK.
"During his lifetime, he cherished and promoted the belief in a democratic society within each nation of the world, where people would live together in peace, harmony and equality - regardless of colour, creed or religion."
Mr Ward travelled to the African country in his remit as the former vice chairman of the Hare Krishna Temple Defence Movement.
Now the chairman of the Borehamwood UKIP Party, he believes he is the only man in Hertfordshire who has travelled to South Africa to meet Mandela in person.
In paying tribute to Mandela, The International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKON) said: "We join the world in mourning and paying tribute to the foremost human rights icon of current times.
"We offer our condolences to the Mandela family and to the entire South African nation."
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