Lord Mayor of Oxford is hosting a European reception online

Published: Thursday, 25th February 2021

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mark Lygo, is hosting a European Reception online on Sunday 28 February at 1pm.

This is the first time the annual reception, to welcome Oxford residents who come from other European countries, has been online instead of in Oxford Town Hall.

The District Mayor of Bonn, Jochen Reeh-Schall and the Deputy Mayor of Wrocław, Jakub Mazur, from two of Oxford’s twin cities, will join the Lord Mayor of Oxford at the reception. The Mayors of Chipping Norton, Didcot and Faringdon, as well as the Mayors of Henley, Thame, Abingdon and Witney will also join the reception. 

Around 50 people are expected to join the online reception, including Oxford residents originally from France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Ireland and Croatia.

Two Oxford City councillors, Councillor Tiago Corais, who is Portuguese, and Councillor Nadine Bely-Summers, originally from France, will make short speeches.

As well as speeches, there will be a choir from the twin city of Grenoble, a poetry reading from Croatia and toasts to Oxford and its twin cities in the rest of Europe.

Nazan Uzgur from Asylum Welcome will speak about Settled Status for European nationals.

“It is important that we continue the tradition of the annual European reception in Oxford.  In or out of the European Union, Oxford remains an international and European city.”

Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mark Lygo

“We are asking everyone to bring their own refreshments. We are determined to celebrate the international nature of Oxford. Whether it is tackling with COVID or the Climate Emergency we need to think beyond Oxford to the wider world.” 

Councillor John Tanner, secretary of the Oxford European Association