Hatfield House hosts citizenship ceremony

PUBLISHED: 18:20 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:02 26 October 2009

40 people are granted their British Citizenship at Hatfield House

40 people are granted their British Citizenship at Hatfield House

A WELCOMING party to top all welcoming parties was held at an historic country estate with new British citizens the guests of honour, writes Ben Griffiths. The Old Palace at Hatfield House played host to a special ceremony at which 40 people were granted

A WELCOMING party to top all welcoming parties was held at an historic country estate with new British citizens the guests of honour, writes Ben Griffiths.

The Old Palace at Hatfield House played host to a special ceremony at which 40 people were granted a British passport last Monday.

It was the first time a ceremony of this kind was conducted away from the Old Courthouse, St Albans Road East in Hatfield.

The bash marked the 250th group ceremony undertaken by Hertfordshire County Council's citizenship unit.

The new citizens took their oath in front of Lord Salisbury who then proceeded to present them with their official certificates.

Following a short speech by the owner of Hatfield House, the recipients and their guests joined him for a buffet lunch along with the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, and other deputy lieutenants.

Also there was county council leader Robert Gordon, chairman Nigel Brook and councillor Richard Smith.

He said: "It was an enjoyable ceremony which I'm sure will be particularly memorable for those granted their citizenship.

"We are delighted that we can help people celebrate such a landmark occasion."

The county council's citizenship unit was established in 2004 to organise and conduct ceremonies on behalf of the Home Office for people who have been successful in their application for British citizenship.

The unit also offers the nationality checking service to prospective applicants wishing to apply for British citizenship.

All application forms are checked with all original documents being certified and copied.

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