Citizen doctor is so proud to be here

Dr and Chai Loh at their  citizenship ceremony held at Spring Hall. Halifax.
Dr and Chai Loh at their citizenship ceremony held at Spring Hall. Halifax.
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Halifax has got two new citizens - Dr Richard Loh and his wife Chai.

The couple were involved in a citizenship ceremony with 20 other people at Calderdale Register Office to swear allegiance to Queen and country.

Dr Loh, who is a partner at Queen’s Road Surgery, Halifax, is originally from Singapore and arrived in Britain in 1988 to learn medicine and then work in Leicester before moving to Halifax in 2001.

He joined the surgery in 2002.

Chai, originally from Malaysia, is the practice’s nurse and came to Britain in 1991. She met Dr Loh while working at a Leicester hospital.

They have two children Jason and Samuel.

The couple said: “We had been wanting to do it for a while and now we have bit the bullet and committed ourselves.

“There are mixed emotions really because moving over here was a big swap for us. It was a nice ceremony and it gives us a chance to pledge our allegiance to the country where we are going to stay and settle.”

Carmela Scholfield, the practice manager at Queen’s Road, attended along with other practice staff to show their support for the couple.

She said: “It’s nice to see all the people who want to live here and an honour to see people who are so committed to becoming British citizens. It was great to be part of it.”

Citizenship ceremonies were introduced in 2004 and are compulsory for all those receiving British citizenship who are over the age of 18. They must be attended within three months of citizenship being granted and the process includes an exam on British life and customs.