Weymouth And Portland To Get Its Own Monopoly Game
12:18pm 29th May 2012
(Updated 8:56am 30th May 2012)
Weymouth and Portland is going to be immortalised in a game of Monopoly.
We're going to get the chance to vote for which local landmarks like Weymouth Beach or Portland Bill we'd like to see on the board.
Wessex FM could feature in the Community Chest.
The official launch was held on Weymouth Beach this morning, and it comes just two months ahead of London 2012 which will see the delights and splendour of the Jurassic Coast region beamed to homes all over the world.
The announcement also comes only four days ahead of the Queen's Jubilee - and with The Jubilee Clock provisionally priced at M200 that could be the best bargain of the last 60 years!
After the announcement a top-hatted Dan Taylor, Winning Moves UK's MONOPOLY Manager, will be strolling to the town centre and the Jubilee Clock to canvass opinions form the public as to which landmarks should appear on the board - and on what positions, including Mayfair (top priced exclusive one) and Old Kent Road (the opposite end of the board).
Winning Moves, manufacturers of this official version of MONOPOLY under license from Hasbro, says the game will be on shop shelves in time for this Christmas, but before any dice can be rolled they will first be consulting the Weymouth and Portland public as to which regional property landmarks should be selected to swap places with the famous London sites and sights. There will also be lots of other twists and changes too, including regional themed 'Community Chest' and 'Chance' playing cards.
Immediately after the announcement vote lines will be set up when the public will be asked to choose property landmarks to appear on the board. Dan Taylor, Winning Moves UK's MONOPOLY Manager, says:
We also spoke to Andy Blackwood, who looks after Leisure and Tourism at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council:
The spirit and shape of this customised edition will remain the same as with the traditional MONOPOLY board game - so, for example, the playing pieces will stay the same as will the rules and the four corner squares (GO, Jail, Free Parking and Go To Jail). The money will be the same denomination - as will the celebrated houses and hotels. But as Mr Taylor adds: "Where else can you buy and own your favourite landmark, strolling spot or café or restaurant for just paper money?"
MONOPOLY first hit shop shelves in the US in 1935 and today is played in 111 countries and enjoyed in 43 different languages.
The MONOPOLY: Weymouth and Portland Edition will be available at leading stores and very widely online from this October.
Del and Maria from Wessex FM celebrate in the sand.
Maria interviews Graham Barnes from the Monopoly Team, will Weymouth Beach make it on the board?