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Leeds swimmer Doris Storey remembered

Image caption The newly-unveiled mural marks the life and achievements of Leeds swimmer Doris Storey

A memorial has been unveiled to a Leeds swimmer who set a new world record at the British Empire Games in 1938.

Doris Storey broke the record for the 220yds breaststroke, and was also a member of Great Britain's gold medal-winning women's relay team.

A mural incorporating Ms Storey's medals and photographs of her swimming triumphs was unveiled in Bramley by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds.

She died in a Castleford nursing home in October 2005, aged 86.

The memorial was the brainchild of her son, Ron Quarmby.

'Sunday best'

He said his mother was a local hero when she returned to Leeds after her record-breaking swim in 1938.

He said: "Tens of thousands of people came to see her. They actually grid locked Leeds.

"In the photographs you can see the public for as far as the eye can see, and everyone wore their Sunday best."

Mr Quarmby said one of Ms Storey's proudest memories was when, at just 17 years old, she took part in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

"When Hitler walked into the stadium everybody had to stand, but my mum refused," he said.

She failed to win a medal in Berlin, coming second-to-last in the 200m breaststroke final after having slipped and damaged her wrists before the race.

Her six great-grandchildren were among those who attended the unveiling of the new memorial.

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