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Welcome to Britain - Taking the test in Boston to become British citizens

From left, Janette Brennan, Pam Kenny, Coun Paul Kenny, Gareth Clark Logan Clark, Merlin Clarke, Coun Ray Wootten and Linda Wootten. DJ EMN-140418-133033001

From left, Janette Brennan, Pam Kenny, Coun Paul Kenny, Gareth Clark Logan Clark, Merlin Clarke, Coun Ray Wootten and Linda Wootten. DJ EMN-140418-133033001

Foreign nationals in Boston have been celebrating after successfully taking the test to become British citizens.

Ten people attended a ceremony at the Municipal Buildings on West Street, where they undertook the Oath of Allegiance and the Pledge of Loyalty.

Gareth Clark was one of those who earned his new status along with wife Merlin, both originally from South Africa. They attended the ceremony with their seven-year-old son Logan.

He said the reason they chose to become British citizens was for the opportunities offered by being here.

He said: “This country will provide a wealth of jobs. The second thing is it’s a safe place, There are a lot of choices and it offers the freedom of choice.”

He added: “We love the culture and the way the country embraces the spirits of cultural activities.”

Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council Coun Ray Wootten said he was pleased Boston Borough Council hosted citizenship ceremonies.

He added: “I’m please people want to be part of our community. People are proud and delighted to be here. It’s a pleasure that they want Lincolnshire to facilitate their needs.”

Those who became citizens were: Jnar Rasool Hamad, Dariusz Kala, Tetiana Shavaryn, Hayley Barbera Fletcher, Inga Semjonova, Chang Ge and Thanasekaran Gopal.

Since 2004, although the figure has fluxuated, the number successfuly applying for citizenship in Boston has more than trebled.

The figures are: April 2004/March 2005, 58; 2005/2006, 131; 2006/2007, 79; 2007/2008, 111; 2008/2009, 96; 2009/2010, 146; 2010/2011, 176; 2011/2012, 154; 2012/2013, 166; 2013/2014, 197.

Fees set by the Government mean it costs £906 for an adult to become a British Citizen and £669 for a minor (under 18).

To apply for citizenship there are a number of requirements, including the length of time people have lived in the UK (five years for naturalisation, three years for partners of British citizens).

For more details visit www.gov.uk/becoming-a-british-citizen/check-if-you-can-apply

Have a go, try some of these questions from the Life in the UK test and see how many you get.

1) In the 1980s, the largest immigrant groups were from the West Indies, Ireland, India and Pakistan. True or False

2) Which TWO of these are names for the Church of England? Methodist, Episcopal, Anglican, Presbyterian

3) How many parliamentary constituencies are there? 464, 564, 650, 664

4) The number of children and young people up to the age of 19 in the UK is:13 million, 14 million, 15 million, 16 million

5) In which year did married women get the right to divorce their husband? 1837, 1857, 1875, 1882

Answers 1) False, 2) Episcopal, Anglican, 3) 650, 4) 15 million, 5) 1857

 

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