Dukinfield artist seeks Nelson Mandela relatives to donate painting
Friday 16th December 2016 11:45 Community Dukinfield News Posted by Adam Higgins

A Dukinfield artist is desperately trying to track down the relatives of Nelson Mandela to give them a painting he has produced.

Pat Penning, who lives on Dewsnap Lane, would like to donate it to the former South African president’s next of kin.

The painting is of Mandela, wearing an open top coat of arms, sat in a carriage next to the Queen waving to the crowds on one of his three visits to the UK.

It’s Pat’s pride and joy and he has been working on the masterpiece for a while.

Pat has been trying to trace the family’s whereabouts for a while but without any success.

He told the Reporter: “It was in an exhibition at the People’s Gallery in Stalybridge in January and the manager and a couple of other people there said how beautiful it was and they really liked it.

“It has got to be seen to be appreciated – it’s a lovely painting. I got in touch with the Nelson Mandela’s Children Trust and a nice woman tried but unfortunately she was unable to help me.

“It would be nice for Nelson’s family to have it but, if I can’t find them or there is no-one left, I’m sure the Queen would snap my hand off for it.

“She would love it because she thought the world of Nelson Mandela so it would be great for her to have it in Buckingham Palace – especially with it being a special year for her after her 90th birthday.”

Mandela spent 27 years in prison until 1990 for trying to overthrow the pro-apartheid government and, when he finally left, he became the first black president of South Africa four years later.

He fought to achieve human rights and battled against racial prejudice before sadly passing away in December 2013 at the age of 95, following a lung illness.

The Queen was said to be ‘deeply saddened’ by Mandela’s death and was represented at his state funeral in Johannesburg by Prince Charles.

Mandela had three wives, marrying the last of them on his 80th birthday, and his father Henry died when he was nine while he has numerous children and grandchildren who are still alive but it’s not known how they can be contacted.