May 25 2013 Latest news:
by Flora Drury
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Two Haringey residents have gone the extra mile to keep keep strangers’ Olympic dreams alive.
Gaspare Giarracco - a cleaner for train company Greater Anglia - volunteered to sort through the bins at Liverpool Street Station after one family mislaid their tickets en route to Stratford, while Cameron Montgomery took to Twitter to reunite an athletics fan with the ticket he dropped outside Farringdon Station.
Mr Montgomery admitted he fleetingly considered keeping the ticket - which would have allowed him to see part of Jessica Ennis’ gold medal-winning performance.
The 29-year-old said: “It was worth three hundred quid. It did cross my mind [to use the ticket myself], but I made my mum proud instead.”
Australian graphic designer Mr Montgomery took to social networking site Twitter, contacting the BBC and other journalists to try and get the ticket owner - who was not the person named on the ticket - to come forward.
After a tense wait, a stressed Mike Boag, 33, claimed the ticket after searching Twitter - and just managed to get to the stadium on time.
Mr Montgomery, of Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, said: “He was very appreciative and saw the whole thing.”
Mr Giarracco, 42, received a special ‘champion’ award from his employers after finding the tickets in a train’s rubbish bag. He said: “I was determined to help the customer, find the tickets and make sure the story had a happy ending.”
But the ticket holders, Mr Giarracco and Mr Montgomery were not the only people left feeling good. With the Australian press singing Mr Montgomery’s praises, he has one happy mother.
“She is having a ball - everyone is saying she is a good parent for raising up a nice boy,” he laughed.