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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, encouraged all Londoners to get more involved in their communities, as he joined hundreds of Londoners at a citizenship ceremony

27/02/2019 6PM | STORY | Serah Lister

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, encouraged all Londoners to get more involved in their communities, as he joined hundreds of Londoners at a citizenship ceremony at the Southbank Centre.

Mayor Khan adiq joined the families and friends of 52 new British citizens – representing every London borough – as they celebrated their new citizenship. Those being naturalised this year included Londoners of Polish, Italian, German, Jamaican, Sri Lankan, Ugandan and Georgian origin.

As well as recognising the responsibilities that come with active citizenship, guests were encouraged to invest in their communities by registering to become blood and organ donors and consider giving their time as volunteers.

The ceremony, supported by Trust for London, was hosted by Zrinka Bralo, the Chief Executive of Migrants Organise and featured an address by acclaimed author, broadcaster and commentator Bonnie Greer, musical performances by deaf artist and producer SignKid as well as the London International Gospel Choir.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Our city’s diversity has always been our greatest strength, with Londoners from all backgrounds living side by side. It is this open attitude that has shaped and defined us as a city, and despite Brexit and the government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy, London will continue to be open to talent, ideas and creativity.

“Our capital’s rich and varied heritage is something we are proud to celebrate. I’m honoured to welcome these 52 new citizens and want to encourage every Londoner to be more involved in their community. We all benefit when people feel they can contribute to their society, and we want to make sure all Londoners feel they can play an important part in making our city a more prosperous and inclusive place.”

Colourful's Serah Lister caught up briefly with Debbie Weekes-Bernard, the Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement. Ms Weekes-Bernard said social integration and cohesiveness was key to London and London's economy.



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