Watch blue plaque for Paulo Radmilovic being unveiled in Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:43 07 April 2017

Paulo Radmilovic's grandson Simon Siddle at the plaque unveiling.

Paulo Radmilovic's grandson Simon Siddle at the plaque unveiling.

Simon Angear

A blue plaque for Olympic medallist Paulo Radmilovic was unveiled in Weston-super-Mare last week – and he is the first in a series to go up around the town.

Multi-Olympic gold medallist Paulo Radmilovic has been recognised for his ‘extraordinary achievements’ with the long-awaited unveiling of a blue plaque in Weston.

‘Raddy’ won four gold medals across five Olympic Games and remained the nation’s most decorated Olympian for decades until he was overtaken by Sir Steve Redgrave in 2000.

Even now, Radmilovic stands at seventh on the list of Great Britain’s most successful Olympians, behind the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

He was born in Wales, but moved to Weston in 1904 – four years before he made his Olympic debut.

James Wills-Boden of The Imperial, Paulo Radmilovic's grandson Simon Siddall, Weston Town Council's John Crockford-Hawley, mayoress Jackie Peak and mayor Alan Peak at the plaque unveiling. James Wills-Boden of The Imperial, Paulo Radmilovic's grandson Simon Siddall, Weston Town Council's John Crockford-Hawley, mayoress Jackie Peak and mayor Alan Peak at the plaque unveiling.

Three of his medals were won in water polo, and another as part of the 4x200m relay team.

In later life, Raddy ran The Imperial pub, in South Parade, which is where the plaque to honour him has been unveiled by Weston Town Council.

Raddy’s grandson, Simon Siddall, played a key role in the unveiling, and said afterwards: “It’s wonderful this terrific man has received the commemoration.

“His achievements were extraordinary, and we are absolutely thrilled and delighted.

“It is still lovely to see him on the list of Olympians. Over the past few years, because of the success of the British, it was inevitable and quite right he should be overtaken.

“But it is still fantastic to see him up there with the greats.”

* You can choose the next blue plaque to go up in Weston. Read the biographies and vote for your favourites.

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