ENGLISHMAN Darren Phare always knew he would end up somewhere like his home village of Sticklepath, and he is delighted it is Orange.
Last Monday, the 32-year-old from the south west of England became an Australian citizen after following his wife, Jennifer, back down under.
After a year long stay in Tasmania, the pair have landed in Orange and while no doubt enjoying England’s demolition job throughout four of the five Ashes Tests back at home, Mr Phare said he was thrilled to have become an Australian citizen.
“I love it,” he beamed.
“People always say you end up at different places that resemble home and my village in England is a little bit smaller, but the people, the sports, the restaurants and good friends, they’re all here.”
Mr Phare came to Australia in 2006 after working and living with Jennifer in France.
The pair then moved to Tasmania before making the move to Orange, where they have lived and worked for two and a half years.
Now the manager of Spotless, a company which supplies a range of services to Orange hospital, while also working with Katmandu part time, Mr Phare believes becoming a citizen was the next obvious step.
“It’s just one of those things,” he said.
“Residency only lasts so long and becoming a citizen opens up so many other doors. You can join the defence force, become a police officer ... I’m studying to become a paramedic so it helps with that as well.
“My wife is obviously from here so I followed her back.”
Mr Phare was one of 30 people to take their oath of citizenship in Orange last Monday night.
It was one of the largest ceremonies in Orange for several years.
Member for Orange Andrew Gee was at the event, along with Orange councillors, to help welcome a wealth of new citizens from the Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa, Nepal, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Iran, Sri Lanka, India, Britain, China, South Korea and Thailand.