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Have your say - which of our wonderful buildings should be on the new Shrewsbury Monopoly board?

Shrewsbury Town Council's Leader Alan Moseley, Mr Monopoly, Jake Houghton, Winning Moves and Lezley Picton, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure.

Shrewsbury Town Council's Leader Alan Moseley, Mr Monopoly, Jake Houghton, Winning Moves and Lezley Picton, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure.

Shrewsbury has won first prize in a beauty contest, but instead of collecting £10 we will be collecting our very own Monopoly board game!

Seeing off competition from 24 other UK cities and towns, including nearby Telford, Chester and Ludlow, Shrewsbury has been found deserving of board game immortalisation. It will be one of only two special UK boards released this year, with Harrogate having been announced in March.

When asked “Why Shrewsbury?” Jake Houghton of the game's makers, Winning Moves UK, said it was the residents' town pride and the town's location, and wealth of culture and history that truly sets Shrewsbury apart.

He adds: “Shrewsbury is a leading UK tourist venue – generations after it was the centre of the Midlands in medieval times. It’s enjoying the most wonderful renaissance. Its hundreds of listed buildings make it a perfect fit for MONOPOLY – which, as everyone knows, is based on houses, hotels and iconic properties. We are absolutely sure we will be wonderfully spoiled for choice putting this game together.”

With 36 spaces up for grabs, residents of Shrewsbury are now being asked to vote on their favourite locations such as The Abbey, The Quarry, Pride Hall and the Old Market Hall. 

Since the announcement on Thursday, suggestions for locations are already flying in. Those received so far include local landmarks such as: The Dingle, The Flaxmill, The Dana Prison and Grope Lane, among others. Other bright ideas have been submitted for Community Chest and Chance cards, which might include 'Shrewsbury wins Britain in Bloom' in recognition of frequent awards in the competition, or 'Take a Ride on the Sabrina Boat'. One local resident even suggested replacing Monopoly's iconic train stations with our town's bridges; English, Welsh, Kingsland and Porthill.

Welsh Bridge, Shrewsbury

The game will help tell the story of the Shrewsbury and promote our town's reputation as a beacon of culture and history. The locations will be split into coloured groups spanning retail, culture, heritage, education, entertainment and many more.

Residents will be able to find out which suggestions make the cut when Shrewsbury Monopoly hits stores in October, just in time for Christmas shopping.

If you have any suggestions for locations please send them to [email protected], the official ShrewsburyMONOPOLY Facebook page or post them to Shrewsbury MONOPOLY, Winning Moves UK, 7 Praed Street, London W2 1NJ. Voting closes on June 1st 2019.