Their mum and dad have chosen to live in Wisbech. OK, so there's no accounting for taste, but dad has made a massive contribution to sporting life in the town. He is a formidable former Rugby player, and as a coach he has covered himself in distinction, from directing the Under Sevens right up to today, when he is 1st XV coach. Both sons have played for Wisbech at different age groups. Both sons are bi-lingual, subscribe totally to the British way of life, and ask for nothing more than to earn British citizenship. Just like our colourful friends who were nabbed doing questionable things in the desert.
The two young men concerned are Darryl Veenendaal, and his brother De La Rey Veenendaal. Let them speak for themselves. Darryl, like his brother, is a superb sportsman. He played Sunday after Sunday for Wisbech youth teams, and has gone on to succeed in the men's professional game. Darryl writes.
In 2013 my brother De La Rey and I spent weeks preparing and revising for our citizenship test, passing it in April. We completed and submitted British Citizenship Applications and paid the £874 application fee each in May 2013, at the time we were informed that the waiting period could take up to six months. Having not received any response we contacted the Home Office to enquire about the situation. We were informed that the process had been delayed and that we would receive a response shortly. We waited patiently but did not receive any further information. We continued to contact the HO, receiving the same response without any details of what was delayed. In 2015 we contacted our local MP Stephen Barclay in an attempt to receive answers. We asked him to assist us. The issue was instead delegated to his team who contacted the HO only to receive the same answer. They told us that it was simply pending and that we would receive something in writing within a “few weeks”. Having not heard anything, we again contract Mr Barclay, whose team again contacted the HO, receiving the same vague responses. I made a request for Mr Barclay to take a more hands-on, assertive and personal approach to our long suffering issue. However, I received no further response from Mr Barclay’s Team.
NOT A CHANCE, APPARENTLY.