Citizenship ceremonies facts and figures

Citizenship ceremony at Spring Hall Registry Office with deputy lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Neil Davidson.
Citizenship ceremony at Spring Hall Registry Office with deputy lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Neil Davidson.
0
Have your say

Calderdale offered a warm welcome to residents who took part in a citizenship ceremony at Spring Hall registry office.

The 17 new UK citizens were presented with certificates during the ceremony by Neil Davidson, deputy lieutenant of West Yorkshire.

They included Darwin Ursal, 39, a manager of Domino’s Pizza who lives in King Cross, Halifax, He said: “I came here from the Philippines seven years ago, but had to leave my family behind for the first year-and-a-half.

“Life was hard there so I moved here to give my family a good life.

“I earned about £100 a month there, but here I earn about £1500 a month.

“When you compare the two it’s a big difference. The standard of living is higher and the Government help you to give your children a better education.

“It’s a really nice place - very quiet and scenic. It’s a completely different way of life.

Brendan Flood, 39, an engineer from Australia who lives in Todmorden, said: “My wife and kids are British so I thought it would be a good thing to join them.

“I like the countryside in Calderdale and the people are really friendly.

“I’ve lived here for three years now so I think I’m allowed to say I’m an adopted Yorkshireman!

“It’s a bit different to living in Australia - mainly because of the temperatures.”

Ansar Asghar, 33, a taxi driver from Pakistan who lives in King Cross, said: “It’s very special to pledge my allegiance to the country.

“I wanted to take part in the ceremony so that I can be part of British society.

“I really like living in Calderdale and so do my wife and daughter.”

Mr Davidson said: “The prime purpose of the ceremony is to remind those taking part of the responsibilities that come from being a 
British citizen and ask that they uphold the values 
they have chosen to embrace.”