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.


One Response to Dispute Over Ownership Of Olympic Torch

  1. Honest Jim December 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    This is very sad isn’t it, two parties arguing over who owns the torch.

    I would have thought that if the torch was given to Mr Graham as a gift then there would have to be club minutes documenting that fact with the committee voting, so surely all he would have to do is refer to these minutes.

    If the club have paid for the torch and it wasn’t made clear by Mr Duncan that it was to be a gift then I think the football club own the torch. I also like to know that if the club paid for the torch then to gave it to Mr Duncan as a gift, would it be an inappropriate use of club funds? Surely who ever the football chairman at the time would have recognised that fact. It’s as simple as that.

    I do think it is interesting that Mr Graham ‘thought it was a gift in recognition of his many years of voluntary work coaching youngsters’. All the football coaches do a fantastic job doing volunteer coaching for the kids so to expect a gift is unusual to say the least and it belittles the fact there are other coaches and committee members who are unsung heroes. As a matter of interest I believe Mr Graham has now stopped coaching football.