Saturday, November 26, 2005

A question

Just thinking about that last post. I distinctly remember driving over Shap summit in a blizzard, on a day when there was a really famous concert involving Nelson Mandela as a spectator, and being really annoyed at losing reception for much of Cumbria, when he got some sort of ovation. But the only mention I can find on the interwebby thing of a concert with Western artists happens in June 1988. It can be cold in The Lake District, but not in June, I think.

Does anybody know what this event could be? Nelson was released in 1990, and I was with this partner until 1992. What huge event was attended by Nelson, at a time when there was significant snowfall?


Anonymous Alan said...

Yes. I was at the original concert at Wembley Stadium in 1988, which was headlined by Dire Straits and Simple Minds. This was the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Concert. When he was freed from prison two years later a second concert was hastily arranged at the same venue so that he could attend. Many of the same artists performed. It was held on 16th April 1990 and was called "An International Tribute for a Free South Africa".

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All is revealed! Although 16th April is still quite late for snow, I'm sure we were driving to my partner's place in Manchester in the Spring break. Thanks!!

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