AN AUSTRALIAN TV executive, a hedge fund expert and a banker are among 20 non-Sutton residents chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through the borough.
In what is being lamented as a “missed opportunity”, just three of the 23 people chosen to take part in the Torch relay through Sutton on July 23 are from the area.
The Olympic torch will be carried through Sutton on July 23, but only three of the 23 chosen to take part are from the borough.
The remainder of the crew of Torchbearers, who list places as far flung as Mumbai, Innsbruck in Austria, and German outpost Mengkofen among their home addresses.
And one of the chosen few, Jeff Browne, the managing director of Channel Nine TV in Australia, lists exotic Bondi Beach as his home.
Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, said he is disappointed that volunteers and charity workers in Sutton have been largely overlooked in favour of more commercial candidates.
He said: “Boroughs like Croydon and Sutton aren’t directly involved in the Olympics so this would have been an amazing opportunity to get them involved.
“It’s very disappointing.”
Mr Brake added: “This is a first-rate opportunity for people that have contributed to our borough and yet they have not been chosen. It is an opportunity missed.
“I am shocked at the news and disappointed that more local people were not chosen.”
Steve O’Connell, the London Assembly Member for Croydon and Sutton, shares Mr Brake’s opinion.
He said: “This is something that has irritated me because I have long said that I wanted to see Sutton get a bigger share of the action.