Raddy’s

Weston’s seafront is looking really good these days, with lots of new features, and lots of new businesses; one business which has been in the town for many a long year, and has always been popular with residents and visitors alike, is Raddy’s. Raddy’s was named after the famous Olympic swimmer Paul Radmilovic, who was born in Cardiff in 1886. His father came from Dubrovnik in Croatia originally, and his mother was of Irish ancestry.

Paul, or Paulo as he was christened, known as Raddy, made his international début at the age of 15 for Wales as a water polo player; he was an extraordinary sportsman, his main sport was swimming, at 100 yards or at much longer distances, as well as playing polo. He had the British record for the greatest number of Olympic gold medals, four in three Games – a record only broken by the oarsman Sir Steve Redgrave in 2000.

After his sporting career, Paul moved to Weston where he ran a hotel for many years, and he is now commemorated in the bar, café and tea room which bears his name. WP_20140907_002

The local newspaper ran an article about him:

http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/home/britain_s_forgotten_olympic_hero_raddy_remembered_1_1470334

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