A rise of £100 to £400 for next year’s Mayor was agreed at Torrington Town Council meeting.
It was also decided that because of the heavy expenditure incurred by the present Mayor, ‘sympathetic consideration’ will be given to any request for an additional contribution.
Councillor Michael Street pointed out that the new mayor would give up office on March 31 1974, and would therefore not be involved in the expense of the May Fair luncheon. The only major expense would be mayor-choosing. In the circumstances it seemed a tremendous rise.
Reorganisation of local government would not mean the end of May Fair, said Councillor C Quick.
Replying to a further question from Councillor Street, the Town Clerk, Mr A W G Fitt, said there would not be a mayor of the borough after March 31, but it was anticipated there would be a mayor. This was being considered by the Boundary Commission. The borough would have parish council status from April 1 and following on was the question of whether there would be a mayor.
Gazette article dated 16 March 1973