FOUR new citizens were welcomed to the borough yesterday in the first British Citizenship ceremony to take place with dignitaries since the start of the COVID pandemic.
Natagor, Ioana, Mariglen, and Joseph were invited to take the oath of allegiance in front of the Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor David Hasthorpe, and Deputy Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Mrs Henrietta Reeve.
The four British citizens, who originally hailed from Albania, Thailand, Gambia and Romania, then sung the national anthem before joining the Mayor and Deputy Lieutenant for light refreshments.
The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor David Hasthorpe, said: “Through these ceremonies, we’re demonstrating our welcome to new citizens, and they’re in turn demonstrating their commitment to this borough and this country.
“It’s a huge moment for the people that attend these ceremonies and it’s right that we celebrate it.”