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In line with the new ways of safe and social distancing guidelines, the Civic Mayor will only be able to attend events that have carried out their own risk assessment. This can be emailed along with the event form to the Mayor’s office at

Consideration can then be given based on the information provided and the event organiser will be informed as to whether the Mayor will be able to attend.

The leadership and ceremonial roles in Torbay Council are distinct from each other.

The leadership - in the form of Leader of the Council and Cabinet - deals with the business running of the council, and works with private enterprise, industry and the voluntary sector to improve the standards of living for the people of the Bay in delivering local services.

The Civic Mayor is responsible for chairing meetings of the council.  The Civic Mayor also undertakes civic and ceremonial duties in the Borough and attends community engagements and represents Torbay at civic events outside the area on behalf of Torbay Council.  The Civic Mayor is always expected to act impartially and in a non-political way.

If you wish to invite the Civic Mayor to an event you are organising, please complete the event information form and return no later than 14 days before the event to the Civic Support, Governance Support, Town Hall, Torquay, TQ1 3DR.

Alternatively, you can return the form via email to the following address:

Current Civic Mayor

Civic Mayor

Cllr Terry Manning was appointed the Civic Mayor at the Council meeting on 28 April 2021.

I am honoured to be given the opportunity to represent the Council on its Civic and Ceremonial duties.

I was born in Holloway, London and my father, who was in the RAF passed away just before the end of the war. My mother brought my two brothers and sister and me up by herself. In my later years, I followed in the family’s business as a Taylor in Saville Row, London. I moved to Devon when I was 21 and entered into a variety of jobs until I set up my own business as an upholster.

My personal hobbies are target practice (rifles), boating and cars. I have been Chairman and now President of Brixham Conservative Club which I have been for several years. Since being elected as a Councillor in 2015 I have served on the Fire Authority where I fought very hard for a new Fire station in Brixham - this has now been achieved. I have previously been appointed as Chairman of the Licensing Committee and a member of the Planning Committee plus membership on other committee’s. I believe I have a lot of experience within the community of Torbay, something I am very passionate about – the consideration and views of the public alongside mine.

I also wish to pay respect to my late wife Jenny who I was married to for 37 years and sadly passed away a few years ago.

I have lived in Torbay for many years and would like to promote it as much as I can. With the range of new developments in the bay, I’d encourage new businesses and visitors to join us. I look forward to the new developments and my ambition is to promote Torbay as it is a wonderful place to live and work in.