We hold regular citizenship ceremonies in the civic centre. These ceremonies are an opportunity for applicants to celebrate their new citizenship and for the council to celebrate the borough's cultural diversity.
Becoming a British citizen is a significant event. We make sure the ceremonies are an enjoyable welcome to the local community and a chance to meet other people who are also becoming British citizens.
You and your guests will be invited to attend the ceremony. The ceremony is held as a group although it is possible to arrange a private ceremony for a fee. During the ceremony you will be required to:
- swear on oath or affirmation
- pledge loyalty to the UK
- sign the Gateshead Citizenship register
A Gateshead dignitary will present you with a gift and citizenship pack, containing your citizenship certificate.
What to bring to the ceremony
When you attend the ceremony you will need to bring your invitation letter with you.