STROUD District Council has opened a book of condolence in tribute to Nelson Mandela.

Books of condolence will be available at Stroud District Council offices at Ebley Mill from 8.45am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45am to 4.30pm on Friday.

Tributes can also be left at Stroud Subscription Rooms from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.

The tributes will then be sent on to the South Africa High Commission in London.

Cllr Geoff Wheeler, leader of Stroud District Council, said: "Nelson Mandela was a tremendous man. On top of his work to abolish apartheid, his influence was truly global.

"He remains an inspiration to us all and it is clear to see the respect in which he’s held throughout the world. A sad day for us all but one which also allows us to remember his amazing achievements."

The flag at Ebley Mill has been lowered to half-mast to mark Mr Mandela’s death.