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Canterbury to star in new Monopoly board game this Christmas - beating five other destinations

By Dan Wright

A new Monopoly board game will be hitting the shops soon - but forget Mayfair, Leicester Square and Oxford Street.

Instead, Canterbury will be at the centre of family feuds this Christmas as board game bosses base their latest game on the county's only city.

The decision is being announced today after company bosses asked the public to decide which Kent destination the new game should centre on.

Six Kent destinations were in the running... but Canterbury won

Canterbury, Dover, Maidstone, Margate, Rochester and Tunbridge Wells were all in the running after being nominated by Monopoly researchers.

The public were also able to nominate landmarks or famous streets they would like to see as squares on the board.

An official announcement of Canterbury is due to be made later today.

So Marylebone Station could now be replaced by Canterbury East.

Regent Street could be transformed into Rheims Way and Bow Street become Burgate in the new city edition.

But finding the jail might be a difficult one - as Canterbury prison has now closed.

And free parking could also be hard to find.

Families will be playing a new Tunbridge Wells edition of the classic game

But one thing that won't alter - the income tax spot will always be valid.

Graham Barnes, PR officer at Winning Moves Ltd who will be building the game, said: "Each year we do one or two boards for Christmas and this year the dice has rolled on Kent.

"We look for landmarks that will fill the board and make it a great joy to play. People can buy their favourite place and even bankrupt someone on that place."

It's not the first time the county has experienced Monopoly stardom, though.

Back in 2002 a special 'Kent edition' of the famous game was launched - and stayed in the shops until around 2007.

A new Monopoly edition will be based on one Kent location

"The Kent edition was hugely popular," Mr Barnes explained.

"It partly inspired this new town or city edition as it was so popular. It included places from across the county - from Dover right over to Tunbridge Wells."

Despite the latest edition being a very localised game, Mr Barnes believes the appeal of the chosen city will stretch far and wide.

Canterbury is the winner

"It's mainly the people in Kent but there will be expats and tourists who buy it," he added. "It doesn't just have to be for people who live there."

Which Canterbury landmarks should be included in the edition? Join the debate below.

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