Dispute Over Ownership Of Olympic Torch

Duncan (left) with the Olympic relay torch

One of the Olympic torches carried by an islander is the subject of a dispute between former school football club committee members.

In the summer, Duncan Graham was one of two islanders chosen to carry the Olympic flame around Cornwall.

He was nominated by the Five Islands School football club for the honour.

The club bought the £200 torch from Olympic organisers for Duncan to use and the club committee says there is a bank statement to prove that they own it.

But Duncan says the club bought it for him and he was told that it was a gift offered to him in recognition of his many years of voluntary work coaching the youngsters.

The club say Duncan has offered to buy the torch, but Duncan says he’s offered to reimburse them, and that’s different. He insists that the torch is his.

Duncan has since resigned from the club committee.

Chairman Dave Stone says he can’t say much on the matter as legal action may be pursued if Duncan doesn’t return the torch. Duncan says he has already received his own legal opinion and he’s keeping it.

He says it is on the mainland being engraved and he won’t hand it over to the club as he now views it as a family heirloom.

Despite the developing rift, the two parties appear to have the same end-goal. Both the committee and Duncan want to display the torch in the Sports Hall.

But whether that will happen appears less certain.


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