Mary Rand receives Freedom of the City of Wells

Olympic athlete Mary Rand competing in 1966 Photo: PA Archive

Olympic 'golden girl' Mary Rand was back in her home city of Wells this weekend to be awarded the freedom of the city.

On Saturday Ms Rand, who has flown to Britain from her home in the United States for the ceremony, recreated the victory procession which followed her remarkable success in the Tokyo Olympics of 1964, when she jumped a world-record-breaking 6.76 metres to win gold in the long jump, took silver in the pentathlon and a team bronze in the 4x100m relay.

Mary Rand was the first British female athlete to win gold in track and field events Credit: PA Archive

Mary Rand was the first British female athlete to win gold in track and field events.

As a teenager her promise was obvious and at 16 she won a scholarship to Millfield. At 17 she set a British national record in the Pentathlon.

The victory parade started from Hervey Road where Mary lived. Terry Williams, a former PE teacher, who led the original parade was at its head, carrying the Olympic torch he carried in the city last month.

You can watch the full report by John Andrews here:

On Sunday, hundreds of people lined the streets to celebrate as Mary was presented with the Freedom of the City.