AROUND a dozen of a Barnsley’s newest residents pledged their allegiance to Britain in the first citizenship ceremony to be held at a new venue.
Barnsley Council is now holding the events at Berneslai Close, the temporary home to the council’s Registrar Service. Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 all those applying for British citizenship are required to attend a citizenship ceremony.
Participants made an oath of allegiance to the Queen and vowed to respect the United Kingdom’s rights and freedoms. They all received a citizenship certificate, an information pack on their new rights and a commemorative photograph.
Coun Jim Andrews said: “It’s a tremendous occasion for all these new citizens of Barnsley who have been welcomed to our borough.
“We wish them well and look forward to their active participation and contribution they can make to our community.”