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30 new citizens take the oath

Johnny Bugeja

Gibraltar welcomed 30 new British citizens at a citizenship ceremony held last week at the Convent.

The ceremony was organised by the Civil Status and Registration Office (CSRO) and was opened by Dorian Reyes.

The Governor, Lieutenant General Edward Davis received the oath of allegiance to the Queen and pledges of loyalty.

Addressing the new citizens the Governor, welcomed everybody to the Convent and gave a brief history of the ceremonies, and of the duties and obligations the new citizens acquire when they become British citizens.

“Gaining British citizenship is a most significant moment in your lives and indeed in ever changing community in Gibraltar. It’s a special day for you, Gibraltar and Great Britain.”

“It is a day to be respected, treasured and celebrated,” said the Governor.

In addition, he also told the new citizens about the responsibilities and duties they now have on becoming a British Citizen, which included “the duty to respect enduring British values of freedom, equality and tolerance and the responsibility to support democracy, freedom of speech and the ruling law.”

He particularly noted that it would mean citizens could now vote in an election and have a say in how Gibraltar’s future is shaped.