Town ready for its own community chest

WOULD you pay £400 for Ipswich Waterfront? Or perhaps you would rather spend £140 on Portman Road?It is only Monopoly money of course, but these are just two of the places that could be yours with the launch of the new Ipswich edition of the game.

WOULD you pay £400 for Ipswich Waterfront? Or perhaps you would rather spend £140 on Portman Road?

It is only Monopoly money of course, but these are just two of the places that could be yours with the launch of the new Ipswich edition of the game.

For the less fortunate, the threat of being sent to Norwich looms with one wrong move - as an alternative to the Go-to-jail card in the original version.

Due to be launched in October, it is all Go for the Suffolk edition of the best-selling game, with the people of the county being given the chance to influence the places named on the board.


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London landmarks such as Park Lane, Waterloo Station and Piccadilly Circus are set to be replaced with Suffolk settings including Portman Road, Christchurch Park and the Willis building.

Ancient House, the statues of Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey are likely to be included, as will the East Anglian Daily Times' Lower Brook Street offices.

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Mark Marriot, of Winning Moves, who is devising the game, said: “It's vital the new board reflects the hearts and minds of Ipswich and the length and breadth of the town.

“That's why we are polling the people who know best - the great Ipswich public.

“Ipswich was a special case. Often, what we tend to do is think about doing a game for a certain region and then run a poll in the towns to see what would be most interesting.

“With Ipswich, we had people getting in touch with us asking us to do a game. It wasn't a case of figuring out whether to do a Suffolk game, or a Bury St Emunds one, Ipswich was the obvious choice. There's a lot of money being pumped into the town and it's very much on the up.”

Polling for the prestigious £400 Mayfair spot is set to be fierce, with landmark receiving the most votes due to be given this accolade.

Suggestions are also being sought for the notorious Old Kent Road, available for just £60.

There are a total of 33 places to fill, with train stations in the original game due to be replaced with Suffolk travel themes. The A14, the Port of Ipswich and Ipswich train station are all set to feature here.

One of the Monopoly pieces is also set to be customised with a favourite - but as yet undecided - Ipswich landmark.

Graham Barnes, Monopoly promoter, said an interesting twist is also being planned to the Go-to-jail option.

He said: “We know about the big rivalry between Ipswich and Norwich and a couple of people have said we should make being sent to Norwich the go-to-jail option. We're thinking about that.”

Henry Davies, mayor of Ipswich, praised the introduction of the customised board.

He said: “It's always great when Ipswich is put on the map.

“I hope many thousands will enjoy playing the Ipswich version and landing on such remarkable landmarks as the Waterfront and the Mansion.”

Anyone wishing to influence the places chosen on the board can do so by emailing Ipswich@winningmoves.co.uk

Monopoly facts

The game is 71-years-old.

More than 200million copies have been sold during this time, with about 1m snapped up every year.

It is produced in 32 different languages and is sold worldwide in 32 different countries.

World records are maintained for the longest game in a treehouse (286 hours), underground (100 hours), in a bathtub (99 hours) and upside-down (36 hours).

The longest game ever played was 1,680 hours long - 70 straight days.

Escape maps, compasses and files were inserted into game boards smuggled into POW camps inside Germany during World War II. Real money for escapees was slipped into the packs of Monopoly money.

In Cuba, the game had a strong following until Fidel Castro took power and ordered all known sets destroyed.

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