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Thursday, July 30, 1998 Published at 18:06 GMT 19:06 UK

World: Africa

Archbishop's ashes return to spiritual home

Trevor Huddleston campaigned tirelessly for racial equality

The ashes of the late anti-apartheid campaigner, Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, have been returned to the South African church where he first began preaching.

A hearse bearing number plates inscribed with the words "Welcome Home Trevor Huddleston" carried his ashes on the last leg of their journey from London.

Jazz musicians honour the archbishop by playing his favourite music
Accompanied by jazz music, the casket of ashes draped in a South African flag was taken into his old church in the Johannesburg suburb of Sofia Town.

National tribute

Dignitaries, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and South Africa's Deputy President Thabo Mbeki, joined the congregation to welcome his ashes back to his spiritual home.

The South African Deputy President, Thabo Mbeki, recalled the strength he and many others drew from Archbishop Huddleston's support.

Thabo Mbeki: All have benefitted from Huddleston's life
"Trevor Huddleston said to us there were some in the rest of the world who were interested in our freedom, who were interested in our human dignity," he said.

Mr Mbeki went on to convey posthumously one of South Africa's highest honours on Archbishop Huddleston, the Gold Class decoration for meritorious conduct.

Trevor Huddleston died in Britain in April, aged 84.

He headed Anglican missions in Johannesburg in the 1940s and 1950s, and became famous for his preaching on racial harmony in South Africa.

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