More people have become British citizens at a ceremony held in Llanelli Town Hall.
The citizenship ceremony took place to formally welcome on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government new people to Britain and to Carmarthenshire. The new citizens live in Llanelli, St Clears and Carmarthen.
Designed to enhance the significance and importance of becoming a British Citizen, the aim of the ceremony, provided by Carmarthenshire County Council’s registration service, is also to provide each individual with a memorable occasion and help them celebrate with their friends and family a new sense of place and belonging.
The ceremony began with a formal welcome and opening address from Superintendent Registrar Andrea Rowlands.
Lieutenant Colonel David Mathias presented the new citizens with their certificates, and harpist Teleri Haf Gravell performed before the ceremony and during the break.
Statutory Services executive board member Cllr Mair Stephens said: “Our new citizens have experienced life in Carmarthenshire already and I trust that they have received a warm welcome from their local communities. I believe our new citizens have developed a better understanding of being a part of the British democratic process through the Citizenship ceremony and I hope that they are developing a sense of belonging and a stronger understanding of what it means to accept the role of a culturally diverse and unique individual in modern Britain.”
New citizen Saji Attuchira Scaria of Dafen said: “The service was very good and I enjoyed the ceremony, I am pleased that I am a British citizen now.”