Town hall sees New Year in with a face lift, a tea dance and a citizenship ceremony

Written by on January 16, 2018 in Community, Council, News - No comments
The courtyard of the revamped town hall

The courtyard of the revamped town hall

Helen Hayes MP and Cll leader Lib Peck at the opening of the new town hall

Helen Hayes MP and council leader Lib Peck at the opening of the new town hall

The New Year kicked off with the re-opening of the town hall in Brixton following an 18-month refurbishment to the Grade 2 listed building. Among the first events were a tea dance and a citizenship ceremony.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on 5 January to celebrate the re-opening of the Town Hall built between 1905 and 1908.

The improvements bring the building up to date with improved accessibility, more community meeting space and start up spaces for new businesses.

Brixton’s answer to Strictly

The Tea Dance in the wood paneled Assembly Hall on 6 January was a sell out.  Dancers were put through their ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing steps by host and DJ Mr Wonderful.

Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth council leader said: “It was a fantastic event and there was some real talent on the dancefloor. It’s wonderful to be able to host this kind of community event in the restored town hall. I hope this event will be the first of many.”

Tea Dance at Lambeth Town Hall

The Tea Dance packed in the movers and shakers

Citizenship Ceremony

More than 50 people gathered in the Council Chamber for the group citizenship ceremony on Friday 12 January presided over by  Cllr Marcia Cameron, mayor of Lambeth.

Cllr Cameron said: “It’s an honour for me to welcome our newest citizens to Lambeth. I hope that you all now go on to achieve you hopes, dreams and aspirations in this proud country.”

Certificates of naturalisation confirming British citizenship were presented to those who take part by the mayor. Among those becoming citizens were Maureen Madrid and Laurencia Kwanga.

Laurencia Kwanga (left) receiving her citizenship certificate from Cllr Marcia Cameron, mayor of Lambeth

Laurencia Kwanga (left) receiving her citizenship certificate from Cllr Marcia Cameron, mayor of Lambeth

Maureen, 27, said: “I was quite nervous ahead of the ceremony, but happy at the same time. It has been a good experience today, the staff were really helpful. Lambeth is a great place and I love how close it is to everything.”

Maureen Madrid (left) receiving her citizenship certificate from Lambeth mayor Marcia Cameron

Maureen Madrid (left) receiving her citizenship certificate from Lambeth mayor Marcia Cameron

Laurencia, 39, said: “From the beginning to the end it was a great ceremony. To see the mayor of Lambeth was amazing for me too. Getting citizenship is really important to me, and comes at the end of a really long road. I now feel like the UK is my oyster.”

 

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