Chaplain’s talk will give insight into Mandela

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CHAPLAIN Colin Chambers is giving a talk about the time he spent with Nelson Mandela.

The chaplain for Gosport & Fareham Rugby Club will give a personal insight into the eight years he spent working on Robben Island when the future South African president was imprisoned there.

Among Colin’s topics will be the part the World Cup Rugby tournament played in bringing South Africa together when they won the tournament in 1995. He said: ‘I got to know Mandela very well and was very close to him in my pastoral relationship.

‘He was a much-admired and respected leader during and after his release.

‘He was much-loved as president of South Africa and afterwards. He became a towering figure of forgiveness and reconciliation.’

Joining Colin will be ex-Pompey player Linvoy Primus. He is speaking about handling setbacks in sport.

The talk is March 25 at the clubhouse, on Dolphin Crescent, in Gosport, at 8pm.

Tickets are available on the door and admission is by a donation of at least £1.