Trafford Citizenship Ceremony

Sep 11, 2018
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Category: Boroughs

Susan Craig JP DL was delighted to represent The Lord-Lieutenant at the Citizenship Ceremony at Sale Town Hall on 11th September. Along with The Mayor of Trafford, Councillor Tom Ross, she welcomed 16 people as new UK citizens and gave them greetings from Her Majesty The Queen.

The ceremony, organised by the Register Office at the Town Hall was also attended by pupils from Wellfield Junior School, Sale. The pupils were there to help the new citizens feel very much welcome in Trafford and they really made the occasion. They were in great voice during the singing of The National Anthem and then they read a poem, The British (serves 60 million), by Benjamin Zephaniah. Afterwards they gave each of the 16 new citizens, along with The Mayor and Susan, a bookmark they had made, printed with the Union Jack. It was fantastic to see that pupils, from a school which advocates social and moral values and prepares pupils for life in modern Britain, were part of an event which does the same for our new citizens. The Headteacher Mr. Dutton, and in fact the whole school, must be very proud.

Becoming a British citizen is a significant life event. Apart from allowing those seeking British citizenship by naturalisation to apply for a British citizen passport, it also gives the applicant the opportunity to participate more fully in the life of their local community. As part of the process is the citizenship ceremony. The ceremony will usually take place close to where the applicant lives and is organised by the local council and are usually done in groups. The Register Offices do a great job in organising ceremonies which are dignified yet celebratory and the Lieutenancy is proud to be part of them across Greater Manchester.