Watford FC legend Luther Blissett has been invited by the Watford MP to sign the Nelson Mandela memorial book at Cassiobury Park.
Dean Russell MP was asked to become an ambassador for the memorial book by its founder, Nic Careem, earlier in the year due to his work with communities and mental health.
Nic Careem founded the Nelson Mandela memorial book to pay tribute to the anti-apartheid former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
The book has since been signed by celebrities and world leaders including former US president Barack Obama and Watford born and raised Geri Halliwell.
Current plans are afoot to publish the book annually, with Nic Careem and his ambassadors continually seeking additional highly influential global figures to sign it. All profits from the annual sales of the book will help support children’s causes across the world.
Nic Careem said: “I am delighted that former Watford FC star Luther Blissett joined the likes of President Obama and David Beckham in adding a handwritten message in The House of Commons Tribute book to the late Nelson Mandela.
“Huge thanks to Dean Russell MP, an ambassador for the book, for nominating Mr Blissett.”
Dean Russell said: “I feel privileged to have been asked to become the ambassador for the Nelson Mandela memorial book. With Luther’s work as an anti-racist and anti-hate campaigner, I could think of few better people to sign the book than him.
“Luther is a committed Watfordian who loves our town. I am very lucky to have been able to get to know him so well over these last few months. I felt Cassiobury Park was the perfect location for the memorial book signing as it is such an important green space enjoyed by all in Watford.
“I wanted to thank Nic Careem for creating this project and including me. I will do all I can in my role as MP to campaign against all forms of hatred and show Watford as the inclusive and tolerant place we are.
Luther Blissett added: “It was a real honour to be asked to sign this book, which is a fitting tribute to the great Madiba who educates and guides us still on the long road to acceptance without prejudice.”