Hat-trick for Luke!

The 35th annual event, which is sponsored by Banks Long & Co and a favourite with property professionals and advisors alike, took place at The Green Dragon in Broadgate.

The six first-round matches generated intense competition and produced finalists from a variety of backgrounds.

Chartered Surveyor Simon Bridge (Banks Long & Co), Chartered Surveyor Ed Greaves (Lincolnshire Co-op Estates Department) and Luke Pickering (Lincoln and Hackthorn Estates) were pitted against Robbie Kok (Lindum Group Finance Director) and Chartered Accountant Russell Payne (Russell Payne & Co) and Tax Consultant Sarah Cohen (Wright Vigar).

Banks Long & Co Director James Butcher said: “Ed Greaves was unable to emulate his boss and last year’s champion Liz Welbourn (Lincolnshire Co-op Estates) and was the first to be eliminated.

“Luke Pickering got off to a flying start and, despite building a portfolio of rather modest properties and having to withstand a strong late challenge from Robbie Kok, this wily competitor emerged triumphant for the third time, having been the champion in 1988 and 2002.”

The competition raised £940 for this year’s nominated charity, The Boultham Park Restoration Project.

Banks Long & Co Director Simon Bridge said: “While we supported this project last year, we knew that it still needs further funding.

“In our view, Linkage Community Trust, which is leading on the scheme, needs all the help it can get as it is of massive importance to Lincoln people.

“We are so grateful to the companies and individuals who, once again, supported the Monopoly competition.”

The banker for the final was Malcolm Thompson from Lincoln Community Radio.

Photograph: L to R: Linkage Community Trust: Chairman of the Boultham Park Capital Appeal Philip Barnatt, Luke Pickering and Simon Bridge.