Nelson Mandela arrives in Britain for birthday bash

June 23rd, 2008 - 3:23 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Gordon Brown
London, June 23 (DPA) Former South African president Nelson Mandela arrived in Britain Monday ahead of a celebrity-studded concert to be staged for his 90th birthday Friday. The elder statesman is expected to host a dinner party with celebrities and world leaders Wednesday including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

His birthday concert, featuring the group Queen, Leona Lewis, Annie Lennox and Dame Shirley Bassey - among others - will be staged in Hyde Park June 27.

There will also be South African music from the Soweto Gospel Choir.

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