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Nearly 1,000 new British citizens in Bucks last year

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Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:40am 6th June 2018. (Updated at 1:06pm 6th June 2018)

Nearly 1,000 people became British citizens in Buckinghamshire last year, with almost two ceremonies taking place every week. 

For the first time in our county 15 people were officially welcomed at a school.

Everyone came from different countries including Australia, Bangledesh, Iran, Colombia, Libya, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, France and Russia and joined together at St. Mary's C of E Combined in Fairford Leys yesterday (5th June) to become citizens. 

We went along to the ceremony and spoke to Vincent Mayot who came over from France 18 years ago and now lives in Amersham:

"I always say to my wife that if one day for some reason I have to leave the country I will miss the pubs.

"Something about this kind of cosiness that you don't have elsewhere and this concept of community also, which you don't have - at least to my knowledge -  in France."

Citizenship ceremony at Fairford Leys School
The new British citizens after the ceremony

Parvameh Ashrafi-Ghomshei, who lives in Aylesbury, was also one of the 15 people who became citizens yesterday (5th June).

She left Iran 40 years ago to be with her husband and his family here, she told Mix 96 why she came to Britain:

"Freedom.

"I enjoy it, otherwise I wouldn't have been here for 40 years and I have been treated well, I have to say that.

"It's completely different way of life and it needs that adjustment, but I think we adjusted well."

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