Preston in the running to get its very own Monopoly board game

Preston is locked in a battle with more than a dozen other North West towns and cities ... to win its own Monopoly board.

Thursday, 5th March 2020, 5:26 pm

The city is one of the favourites to ‘pass Go!’ alongside Lancaster and Chester for its own version of the famous game.

And the winner will be announced on March 16.

Monopoly bosses say it is so close between the three cities that are even considering rolling a dice to decide

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Preston could be about to get its own version of the board game Monopoly, with local landmarks replacing the London street names, such and Mayfair and Fleet Street

George Shrimpton, custom games executive at Winning Moves, makers of this official Monopoly game, said: “We have been very closely studying twenty Lancashire and Cheshire cities and towns over the last year, essentially looking for these two things.

“Firstly, lots of stunning and beautiful landmarks to fill the winning board. As there are around 30 Monopoly spaces to be filled to showcase the winning place it’s vital that the winner has lots of loved and well known landmarks.

“Secondly, civic and regional pride.

“It’s very close at the moment between Chester, Lancaster and Preston and we may have to roll the Monopoly dice.“

The new game – which will be out in October in time for this Christmas – will be based on the winning city or town’s leading landmarks, which will replace the London Monopoly classic property spaces.

Mr Shrimpton added: “Preston has very many crown jewels – some well known like The Harris Museum, others more hidden.”

The new board game will feature famous local landmarks from the winning town or city.

Hoghton Tower, Cuerden Valley Park, Preston Minster, Preston Railway Station, Harris Museum, Deepdale stadium, Avenham Park, St Walburge Church and Brockholes Nature Reserve are among the Preston contenders.

The Chance and Community Chest cards would largely customised.

So if Preston was to win one may send players back three spaces for getting stuck in Preston city centre traffic – or for going shopping in Blackpool.