The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council joined 13 new citizens in a special NI Centenary themed ceremony at Hillsborough Castle.

Citizenship Certificates were formally presented by Mr Robert Scott OBE, Lord Lieutenant for County Tyrone.

Mayor, Alderman Stephen Martin said: “LCCC has had the privilege of hosting citizenship ceremonies since 2016. Today’s ceremony is the final step in what for many has been a long journey to become a British citizen.              

“As such it is a very special occasion for them all and I hope one that will live long in the memory. It has been a pleasure to host this special Centenary Citizenship ceremony in person today in the beautiful surroundings of Royal Hillsborough.

“I extend my congratulations to all of today’s new citizens and wish them well for the future.”

Chair of the NI Centenary Working Group, Councillor Scott Carson added: “I am so proud of the projects and initiatives we have delivered in our centenary year despite the challenges we have faced as a result of COVID-19.

“We planned our programme of events to be as inclusive as possible and to involve as much of the community in Lisburn & Castlereagh as we could.

“We have reached young and old, included history, art, nature, supported community initiatives and much more. Today’s ceremony is particularly special we welcome people from 12 different countries to be part of Northern Ireland’s rich and diverse society in this, its 100th year.”