Woldgate Performing Arts College, Kilnwick Road, Pocklington, will host a Citizenship Ceremony this Monday (31 March) at 7pm.
The ceremony will be attended by the Lord -Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, the Hon. Mrs. Susan Cunliffe-Lister; the High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Mr Stephen Larard; the chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, councillor Claude Mole; the mayor of Pocklington, councillor Ann Cox; and the head of community safety at Humberside Police, Abdul Khan.
During the event, 14 new British citizens will be created. They originally hail from Poland, the USA, Pakistan, India, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
Students of Woldgate College have been heavily involved in the event, as part of their citizenship studies. The evening will include music from the school orchestra, catering by the school (including Union Jack biscuits), and a reception after the event organised by students. The winner of a poetry competition run by the school, on the theme of ‘Being British’, will also read out their winning entry.
Superintendent registrar at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Patricia Mann, explained : “ We hold citizenship ceremonies once a month, but each year we take one event into a senior school in the area to allow the pupils and students to see for themselves what’s involved, and to play a key role in the event, to help with their studies. This also provides a true community welcome for our new citizens.
“Those taking the final step towards becoming British citizens in these ceremonies must have permanent settlement in this country and passed language and Life in the UK tests. During the ceremony, they will take a public pledge and swear an oath of allegiance, after which they will receive a citizenship certificate which enables them to apply for a British passport.
“If any other schools in the East Riding would like to host a citizenship ceremony in the future, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org”