Langtons House hosted a unique Citizenship Ceremony, on Thursday 30 October 2014, which also commemorated 100 years of World War One and Remembrance Day.
The ceremonies are a time of celebration and provide an opportunity to officially welcome new citizens as they swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen and join British Society as British citizens.
The event also provided the opportunity to remember those who lived, fought and died for Britain during World War One.
Syed Mahmood from The Royal British Legion delivered a poignant verse before each person swore an oath.
Special guests included the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Linda Trew, Syed Mahmood from The Royal British Legion, Roger Evans AM, Chairman of the London Assembly, Peter Bickmore, a British Empire Medal holder, Colonel Mark Bryant, Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Havering and Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services
Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, said:
“While every citizenship ceremony we hold is special, this one was a very special way to welcome new citizens to our community as it give all present not only the opportunity to remember those who fought and gave the ultimate sacrifice in World War One, but also the chance to meet some of our local community leaders.”