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First Citizenship Ceremony

Bedford’s Historic Old Town Hall Hosts its First Citizenship Ceremony

 

Bedford’s Old Town Hall in St Paul’s Square hosted its first citizenship ceremony last week.

 

Citizenship ceremonies celebrate the significance of becoming a British citizen and welcome the new citizen into the community. Introduced following The Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, citizenship ceremonies see new British Citizens who are 18 or over take an oath and pledge promising to respect the rights, freedoms and laws of the UK. This follows a successful application for naturalisation or registration as a British citizen. These provisions came into operation on 1 January 2004.

 

The first ceremony, which was overseen by a Superintendent Registrar, welcomed 3 new British citizens, who were joined by their families and Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson at the town centre venue.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “A Citizenship ceremony is a major event for any individual, and it is fitting that we are now conducting them in Bedford’s historic Old Town Hall, in the heart of the town centre.” 

 

“Bedford Borough’s character has been shaped and enriched by people who have come to live here from across the world. I was delighted to formally welcome into the community all those celebrating their successful application for British citizenship.”  

 

Bedford’s Old Town Hall became the new home for Bedford register office in April 2016, and the prestigious venue has hosted numerous weddings and civil partnerships in the period since then. 

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