Helen Glover Victory Parade

Helen Glover


The streets of Penzance were recently flowing with well wishers and onlookers to celebrate the Gold Medal achievements of our very own local girl Helen Glover.

Helen and rowing partner Heather Stanning won gold for Team GB in the cox less women’s pairs at the recent Rio Olympics adding to their successful Gold at London 2012.

The homecoming event for Helen Glover was organised by Humphry Davy School, Penzance Town Council, Pirate FM and The Cornishman. The open topped bus will carry Helen, fiance Steve Backshall and a number of family and friends on a route that starts at Penlee Quarry in Newlyn and finishes at Humphry Davy School in Penzance.

Helen is a former pupil of Humphry Davy school and a clear inspiration to all schoolchildren on what can be achieved through sheer dedication and hard work.

Headteacher Bill Marshall was very proud of Helen’s’ achievements and said the following:

“An integral part of our Humphry Davy School vision is, ‘to unlock the talent and enterprise of all our young people’ and ‘to develop their full academic, creative, physical and personal potential’. A ‘Double Olympic Gold Medallist’ coming from Humphry Davy School can only reinforce our ‘can do’ philosophy and build confidence.”

To commemorate her gold medal in 2012 the Royal Mail painted a King George VI post box in gold paint (see picture above). This post box was one of the Royal Mails oldest and is situated on Quay Street opposite Penzance harbour. It was the first time in over one hundred and forty years that a post box had changed colour.

Local 4* townhouse ‘The Hotel Penzance’ would like to congratulate Helen Glover on her double gold medal success. The Hotel Penzance is an elegant, Edwardian building with 25 individual rooms with views across the harbour and Mount’s Bay.

Call 01736 363117 or use our booking form and enjoy your stay in Helen Glover’s home town of Penzance.