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Age of Municipal Democracy

Thetford became the first town in Britain to elect a black Mayor.

Overview

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Thetford developed many public services including a fire brigade, police service and local schools. In 1904 Thetford became the first town in Britain to elect a black Mayor; Dr Allan Glaisyer Minns a prominent local doctor.

Key events

Governing Thetford
In 1835 the old Corporation of Thetford was abolished and a new Corporation was created and for the first time, democratically elected. The new Corporation was led by the Mayor, with four aldermen and twelve councillors.
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