First swimming Olympic gold medal won by British woman is sold to Blackpool Council

Credit: Hansons auctioneers

The first ever Olympic gold medal won by a British woman in an individual swimming event will go on display in her home town of Blackpool.

The medal, which was bought by Blackpool Council for £8,400 at auction, belongs to Lucy Moreton who won the 200-metres breaststroke in the Paris Olympic Games in 1924.

The Olympic gold medal sold at auction for £8,400 Credit: Hansons auctioneers

The acquisition means a major part of the Lucy Morton collection will remain in the public domain. It will be displayed at the History Centre at Blackpool Central Library. The Blackpool Museum Project, which is developing Blackpool’s first museum, will also feature Lucy’ story.

The news has delighted Lucy Morton’s family.

In total, Lucy’s rich archive of medals and memorabilia made in excess of £21,000 at Hansons’ saleroom near Derby and sparked interest far and wide.