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Folkestone set to get special edition Monopoly board game

A Kent town is set to get its own special game of Monopoly.

Folkestone saw off 19 other places across Britain, as games bosses searched for a town deserving of its very own version of the popular property trading board game.

The new edition will see 22 local landmarks - such as Folkestone Castle, Leas Promenade, and Folkestone Creative Quarter - replace famous Monopoly streets like Mayfair and Park Lane.

People can help choose the landmarks that will be included in the game
People can help choose the landmarks that will be included in the game

The "chance" and "community chest" cards will also be given a Folkestone rewrite, while the six familiar tokens such as the ship and race car will be replaced with town-themed ones.

Winning Moves UK, which will make the game, says Folkestone was chosen because of its "trendy" status.

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.

"We wanted to produce a board that celebrates the best of Britain and are delighted Folkestone came out top" - Jennifer Lau

The makers of the game are now asking Folkestone residents to help decide which landmarks should be included on the board.

Jennifer Lau, custom games executive at Winning Moves UK, said: "The game will feature the great and the good of Folkestone.

"We would love to hear from organisations and businesses that want to star in the game - and also from the public as to what Folkestone favourites and landmarks should feature on the key showcase spaces like Mayfair and Park Lane.

“We studied 20 places across the UK looking for the most ‘contemporary’ place to become the next Monopoly location in Britain.

Folkestone is getting its own version of Monopoly
Folkestone is getting its own version of Monopoly

“We wanted to produce a board that celebrates the best of Britain and are delighted Folkestone came out top - it’s a great place with a very rich history and positive and dynamic outlook on the future.”

The new game will be available from March 2020 at major retailers, and online at Amazon.

Anyone with suggestions for landmarks, cards and tokens to feature in the new game is asked to contact Jennifer Lau at jennifer.lau@winningmoves.co.uk, between 10am tomorrow and September 30.

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