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Folkestone Monopoly now on sale

From today you can buy the historic Leas Lift in Folkestone for a bargain £350.

Or rather, 350 in Monopoly currency.

Folkestone's very own Monopoly game has now launched
Folkestone's very own Monopoly game has now launched

A special edition of the favourite family game dedicated to the town is now available to buy.

The iconic Leas Lift, currently in a state of disrepair, sits next to beloved The Leas on the coveted top spots, replacing Park Lane and Mayfair.

On the other end of the spectrum is the Foord Viaduct and the Martello Tower, which sit on the brown squares - the cheapest on the board.

Sandwiched between the highest and lowest valued sites are the Folkestone Museum, Old Fire Station, Channel Tunnel, First World War Memorial Arch, Brockhill Country Park, Old High Street, Sunny Sands beach and Folkestone Invicta FC.

Landmarks included are the Harbour Arm, Memorial Arch and The Grand
Landmarks included are the Harbour Arm, Memorial Arch and The Grand

The Harbour Arm, a popular tourist destination which recently underwent a multi-million pound makeover, is valued at 180 Monopoly pounds.

The game also includes several cultural hot spots in the town, such as the Towers Theatre, Leas Cliff Hall and Creative Folkestone.

The dreaded tax squares have been swapped for 'buy a bucket and spade' and 'buy an ice cream'.

The Chance and Community Chest cards have also been given a Folkestone rewrite, while the six familiar tokens such as the ship and race car have been replaced with seaside themed ones.

But in a sad twist of fate, while the board goes on sale today, most of the featured landmarks are closed to visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Folkestone was chosen last summer to be immortalised by the popular board game, which is based on the buying and trading of properties.

The town beat others across the country to get its own regional version of the game
The town beat others across the country to get its own regional version of the game

The town just pipped St Ives in Cornwall to be selected - and saw off other contemporary, arty places including "Banksy's Bristol" and Wakefield in West Yorkshire, home of The Hepworth art gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

As well as favourite sites, Folkestone-based businesses feature on the board, including Wood Finishes Direct, found on Park Farm industrial estate.

Laurence Mann, sales and service director at the firm, said: "Monopoly is as much a part of British culture as Fish and Chips, James Bond, Football and Big Ben.

"We are proud and chuffed to be a part of such an iconic game."

Other Kent towns to have their own edition of Monoploy include Canterbury.

Although creators Winning Moves UK were left red faced after including Rochester Castle instead of a picture of the city's famous cathedral.

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