Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell welcomed 13 Southern Downs residents as Australian citizens during a ceremony.
Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell welcomed 13 Southern Downs residents as Australian citizens during a ceremony. Erin Smith

Downs rolls out the welcome mat

THERE was flashing cameras, teary eyes and proud smiling faces as more than 50 people gathered to watch 13 others pledge their allegiance to Australia yesterday.

The adults and children were sworn-in at a ceremony at the Southern Downs Regional Council Warwick chamber.

Ester Alldridge travelled from Liston with her family for the ceremony. Mrs Alldridge was originally from Holland and became a dual Australian citizen yesterday.

"I have lived in Australia for 11 years now," she said.

Mayor Peter Blundell said it was the biggest crowd he had seen at a citizenship ceremony.

New citizens:

Ester Alldridge

Kim Horne

Grant Horne

Justin Horne

Raquibul Hossain

Jonathan Mateo

Joana Ramirez

Blazel Ramirez

Fernando Santos

Hans Santos

Shan Santos

Sophya Tunbridge

Wendy Worssell



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