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Colchester ‘well ahead’ and poised to pass GO in East Anglian Monopoly poll

PUBLISHED: 20:32 19 February 2016 | UPDATED: 20:56 19 February 2016

Colchester Castle is a big draw for Britain's oldest recorded town.

Colchester Castle is a big draw for Britain's oldest recorded town.

Contenders for a customised board include Bury St. Edmunds, Colchester, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, Newmarket and Sudbury.

The search to find the most “beautiful” place in the East Anglian region is well underway, with polls closing tomorrow. Colchester, which is home to Jumbo, Colchester Castle and Colchester Zoo, is currently leading the way.

Monopoly chiefs in London shortlisted six East Anglian towns in a region-wide “beauty contest.”

Their chosen locations were Bury St. Edmunds, Colchester, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, Newmarket and Sudbury.

And bosses say the winner will land its very own Monopoly board later this year.

The prettiest place will get their own board, which will see 22 customised sites – such as St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds and Colchester Castle – swapping places with the likes of Mayfair and Park Lane.

Creator Emma Lodwick, a custom games development executive at Winning Moves UK, said:

“Each are proving very strong contenders. We originally began with a list of ten but have shortlisted these final six. The shortlist spans the whole of East Anglia from Great Yarmouth in the east to Newmarket in the west, to Colchester in the south and King’s Lynn in the north.

“The factors that will decide are two-fold. Firstly the strength of popular feeling and pride for a particular place. And secondly, the diversity and beauty of potential landmarks to fill the board.”

“So it’s in effect a beauty contest – to borrow a celebrated Monopoly phrase – with the only difference being there is no prize for coming second, just first.”

The Orwell Bridge has reopened this morning after 80mph winds battered Suffolk and brought its closure.

Several schools in Suffolk are to remain closed or open later this morning amid high winds.

Across Suffolk, dozens of bands, singers, solo acts, choirs and orchestras ply their trade on evenings and weekends as part of the county’s eclectic night time economy.

High winds have led to rail service cancellations including on the mainline from Suffolk and Essex to London and local routes between Sudbury and Marks Tey.

High winds have brought down overhead power cables leaving homes in many Suffolk and Essex communities without electricity.

A well known west Suffolk pub has suddenly closed its doors after the district council received a licence review application from police, stating the premises was ‘associated with serious crimes and disorder’.

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