High notes

The Mortgage Strategy crew were taken out by Nigel Stockton, managing director of HBOS Intermediaries, and Nigel Payne, managing director of BM Solutions, for a night of karaoke last week.

Stockton showed himself to be a dab hand with the microphone with an upbeat rendition of the Sex Pistols classic God save the Queen.

There was also a touching duet between Stockton and Jas Jaspal, chief executive officer of Oakwood Financial Management. Staring into each other’s eyes, they sang Sandy from the musical Grease.

Payne also performed well, cunningly finding a way through the nonsense lyrics of Oasis ‘classic’ Wonderwall.

But Strategy’s ace sub-editor Rob Parr was the star of the night with an above-average performance of everything – there was no getting him off that blasted microphone, but then he’s bigger than Mole.