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Tower Hamlets welcomes new British citizens with a tea party fit for a Queen!

Citizenship Ceremony - Dapper family

The Dapper family with Speaker of the Council, Cllr Shafi Ahmed

Tower Hamlets continues to be one of the most sought-after places to live in London, as hundreds of people from all walks of life and across the globe choose to make it their home each year. 

As one of the busiest boroughs in the country to host citizenship ceremonies, Tower Hamlets Council held a special Jubilee themed ceremony for 28 new citizens yesterday (Wednesday 8 June) at St Georges Town Hall.

Citizenship ceremonies are carried out by the Registration Team, and happen at least once a week, often twice, to mark the moment a resident is officially naturalised as a British citizen.

Tower Hamlets is one of the busiest boroughs in London for this with an average of 70 citizens a week requiring this service.

To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Speaker of Tower Hamlets Council, Cllr Shafi Ahmed welcomed 28 new British citizens who swore their allegiance to Queen and country in front of friends and family. 

After the ceremony guests were treated to a traditional afternoon tea.

 Cllr Shafi Ahmed said:

“The Platinum Jubilee celebrations which we have witnessed over the last couple of days have been inspiring in bringing communities together.

We felt a special citizenship ceremony would be the perfect way to honour this unique occasion."

Citizenship is about caring for one another, respecting fellow citizens, and making a positive difference to the lives of those around us. The Queen has demonstrated this over her 70 years of continual service to the community.”

Over 37,000 people have been naturalised as British in the borough since ceremonies began in 2004.

Around 80 group citizenship ceremonies and over 1,000 private ceremonies were conducted by the Tower Hamlets Register Office last year. This equates to more than 3,590 certificates of naturalisation being processed by the service in the last 12 months.

Will Tuckley, Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Council said:

“I am pleased to be celebrating with you today and that you have chosen Tower Hamlets as your home. Community spirit is something the East End is famed for and during the pandemic our volunteers did an amazing job to keep the borough running. I am sure you will all be great ambassadors for our borough.”

Angela Dukic was overcome with emotion at the ceremony. The 28-year-old who grew up Montenegro has lived in Tower Hamlets for the last five years.

She said: “I was actually born in the UK but my parents moved back to Montenegro when I was young. I have been looking forward to this day for a long time and am proud to call myself a British Citizen and love everything about Tower Hamlets. 

Naomi Lawa lived in Spain for seven years before coming to the UK. She attended the ceremony with her proud parents.

She said: “This is a special day, and I am so grateful I can share it with my parents. I love the community feel of the borough and the fact there is always something exciting to do.”

The Dapper family (Eugene, Angela, Agnes and Reuben) of Australian and Dutch heritage were lucky enough to be naturalised together.

When eleven-year-old Agnes and eight-year-old Reuben were asked which city they prefer Adelaide in Australia or London, it was a tough call – the weather is better in Australia, but they have Victoria Park on their doorstep in London



Posted on Thursday 9th June 2022