The Mayor of Sudbury

The current Mayor of Sudbury for 2019/2020 is Councillor Robert Spivey

The current Deputy Mayor of Sudbury for 2019/2020 is Councillor Jack Owen

The words "Mayor" and "Major" derive from the Latin word "Magnus", meaning great. The office of Mayor, together with the Doomsday Book and the feudal system, were brought to this country by the Normans, as such an office had existed on the continent at least since the fifth century.

The position of Mayor is one of the most ancient offices in British history, but has truly changed its role, importance and public perception throughout the centuries. However, as the list of Mayors often displayed in town halls the office of Mayor today connects the present day council to its medievel or earlier predecessors. The first English Mayor was the Mayor of London, appointed in 1189 by Richard 1. 

To view a list of Borough Mayors from 1331 - 1973 click here

To view a list of Town Mayors from 1974 - 2018 click here

A few important dates relating to the Mayor of Sudbury:

  • The first Mayor of Sudbury was recorded as Robert Darry in 1331

  • In 1515 the government of the town was vested in the Mayor, five ex-mayors and 24 burgesses

  • During the second world war (1939-1945) the position of Mayor was held continuously by Sydney G. Wheeler

  • The first lady Mayor was Mrs KM Hitchcock appointed in 1963

  • Sudbury was originally a borough council, but in 1974 after local government reorganisation it was given parish (town) status.

If you would like more information on the current Town Mayor or the Deputy Town Mayor of Sudbury, or would like to invite the Mayor to attend an event you are arranging, then please contact the Mayor's Secretary on 01787 372331 or email teresa.elford@sudburytowncouncil.co.uk


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