Plaque to Weston Olympian is agreed
PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 August 2012
A PLAQUE commemorating the achievements of Weston’s greatest sporting hero has been approved by the town council.
Water polo player and swimmer Paulo Radmilovic won four Olympic gold medals – making him Great Britain’s greatest Olympian until Sir Steve Redgrave – across three separate games.
Weston Town Council representative John Crockford-Hawley has proposed putting up a blue plaque to commemorate his achievements at The Imperial Brasserie.
The pub in South Parade used to be run by Radmilovic’s family at the time when he was winning his gold medals from 1908–1920.
Speaking to members of the town council’s policy and finance committee on Monday, Cllr Crockford-Hawley said: “Paulo Radmilovic’s achievements have been commemorated in Wales, where the Welsh Assembly and Olympic Committee have paid to have plaques put up.
“But he left there in 1904 and he won all of his medals while a resident of Weston, and what has this town done to mark this? Nothing.”
It was agreed that a plaque should be put up, and discussions with Butcombe Brewery, which runs The Imperial, are ongoing.
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