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Mayor and London Assembly host second Citizenship Ceremony at City Hall

Published on 03/12/2009

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson hosted the second London-wide Citizenship ceremony at City Hall this month

A resident from every one of London’s 33 boroughs attended the ceremony and was presented with a certificate and commemorative gift by the Mayor and Chair of the London Assembly, Darren Johnson.

Mayor, Boris Johnson said: "I am thrilled that the Citizenship Ceremony is now an important annual event at City Hall. On behalf of London I want to offer my congratulations to all 33 new citizens and their families with us today.

“This ceremony is an important way of encouraging immigrants to play a full part in the communities they live in and to contribute to the health and recovery of their new city and country.

“Today has been about celebrating the immense contribution new citizens make and ensuring that this doesn’t go unnoticed as too often we forget how important immigration is for our economy and cultural life.”

Chair of the London Assembly, Darren Johnson said: "Today’s Citizenship Ceremony has been a wonderful opportunity to recognise the important contribution immigrants make to our city as well as welcoming 33 Londoners to British Citizenship.

“I am proud to live in a country and a city that people from across the globe have decided to call their home."

Presiding over the ceremony, Head of Registration and Nationality Services for Brent and Barnet, Mark Rimmer OBE said: “I am delighted that the Mayor has decided to host another Citizenship Ceremony and I am honoured to have been requested to conduct the ceremony at City Hall once again.

“Having the opportunity to welcome new British citizens is a real privilege and I know that our new citizens will be thrilled to be part of such a prestigious event. I have presided over a huge number of ceremonies and continue to be humbled by the enthusiasm, warmth and commitment that our new British citizens display at these events.”

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