Market Place, St George’s Minster… Edlo?
In news that probably surprises all of us, Doncaster is to get its very own special edition Monopoly game. The new board will follow in the footsteps of other Yorkshire towns and cities such as Harrogate, Sheffield, Scarborough and Huddersfield – who’ve all been honoured with a version.
The Yorkshire town was been included in a shortlist of 25 other towns who are currently being considered, with Wakefield, Beverley, Chesterfield, Whitby and Pontefract all in the running too. Doncaster was announced as the winning town after being backed as the favourite to win. Civic and tourist leaders are saying the news is a major boost for Doncaster.
Afolabi Omotola, custom games executive at Winning Moves UK, said: “We are delighted that the Monopoly dice for this year shall be rolling on Doncaster. It has beaten 24 other great north-east places in an exciting contest.
“We very nearly had to roll the dice between Ripon and Doncaster it was so close – but Doncaster just won. We studied 25 cities and towns. Very many congratulations to Doncaster. We discovered it has lots of hidden treasures – absolutely essential as we need around 30 leading landmarks to fill the board.”
The manufacturers have proposed Doncaster Racecourse, Conisbrough Castle, the Mansion House, Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the Keepmoat Stadium as some of the possible locations to replace the London property spaces like Mayfair and Park Lane.
Potential places of interest on the board could be Doncaster’s Frenchgate centre, the Minster, Cusworth Hall, the Corn Exchange and the racecourse. Bevs at the Ledger anyone?
The public will be able to vote for landmarks to feature in the game. The classic stations will be travel themes and the Chance and Community Chest cards will be customised too!
Other proposed idas have included sending players back three spaces for supporting Sheffield United rather than Donni Rovers, or a reward for picking the winner of the St Leger. I defintely hope that HMP Lindholme is used for the prison!