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History

Thetford lays claim to one of the oldest mayoralties in the country and celebrated 800 years of the office in 1999.

Thetford Mayors

panel_history-mayorSylvia Armes 2014-2015

Sylvia was first Elected to both town and district councils in 1999 then re elected in 2011 and was a School governor at Charles Burrell High School for many years as well as a Trustee for Keystone .  A keen sports person Sylvia is a qualified skating coach and taught locally for over 40 years. Currently Sylvia is the Vice Chairman of Riversdale a local charity. During her mayoral year Sylvia raised £3,697.68 for her charities Thetford Town Football Club (renovation fund) and the Riversdale Centre.

 

Stuart WrightStuart Wright 2013-2014

Stuart is a Thetfordian who is know for his passion and commitment to Thetford’s heritage, being the Chairman of the Thetford Society for over 10 years as well as the treasurer of the National Thomas Paine Society. Stuart is involved in the delivery of both Thetford’s Great Festival and Heritage Opens days as well as being chairman of the Dads Army Museum.

 

 

Terry LambTerry Lamb 2012-2013, 1989-1990 and 1970-1971

Terry was born and bred in Thetford having a long career in teaching as well as being  a town and district councillor since 1963. Terry’s aim was always to protect and preserve the historic buildings in the town.

 

 

 

Mayor MinnsDr Allan Glaisyer Minns 1904-1906

Dr Minns is famous as being Britain’s first black Mayor being  born in Inagus  in the Bahamas in 1858 and after moving to the UK was educated at Guys hospital in London registering with the British Medical Association in 1844 as MRCS and LRCP. He moved to Thetford in 1885 where his brother Dr Pembroke Minns was already in medical practice and his son Allan Noel Minns was one of the few black officers to serve in the British Army during the first World War as a doctor.

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