Cork man in pole position after winning five star trip to Monaco Grand Prix

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Cork man in pole position after winning five star trip to Monaco Grand Prix

11 Apr 2014

Winner thought call from Topaz was an April Fool’s prank

A Cork man has won a VIP trip to the Monaco Grand Prix for two people and €5,000 spending money in Topaz’s latest Play or Park loyalty game.

However Brian Bermingham from The Lough in Cork didn’t believe it when he got the call from Topaz. “I was stunned at first when I got the news. But then it dawned on me. So I said to the lady, thanks very much for the call but you know it’s the 1st of April and I don’t know who you are  or where you are ringing from. I was sure it was someone winding me up for Fool’s Day” joked Brian.

However when proof was provided, the 53 year old who lives in Glasheen, started to believe and a follow up call the following day dispelled any lingering doubts. “I’m not an especially lucky person so it does take time for something like this to sink in. Especially when it happens on April 1st. But then I was over the moon. I was at a Grand Prix at Nurburgring 20 years ago when I worked in Germany so I’m really looking forward to this and visiting the south of France.

Brian who works in the security and investigations sector plans to take his partner Helen on the trip which includes  three nights’ accommodation in a 5 star hotel and premium spa treatments. In addition the package includes two days grand stand seats at the Grand Prix, return helicopter transfers each day from the hotel to the race venue, as well as dinner at the famed Quai des Artistes restaurant.

Brian says he liked the idea of Play or Park and signed up almost straightaway.“I’m on the road a fair bit and I find Topaz fuels are excellent so when I heard about the game I signed up at Topaz in Middleton. I play nearly every month and had two plays for March so maybe that helped me win” he said.

Laura Murphy, Loyalty Manager with Topaz said everyone at the company was delighted for Brian. “Winners often think it’s a wind up but Brian was especially suspicious which wasn’t surprising given the date. He’s been a regular player right from the start and we hope he and Helen have a fantastic time in Monaco.

Every month we are giving away fantastic prizes to regular customers like Brian. April’s prize is a five night luxury break at the hip Empire Hotel in West Manhattan for two plus tickets to an exclusive catwalk show, dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant plus €5K spending money. Once again we are expecting huge interest in that game Laura said.