THE FIRST set of properties have been revealed on Weymouth and Portland ’s very own Monopoly board.
The popular family board game has been given a very Dorset feel by game’s maker Winning Moves UK, who are producing the board game under license from Hasbro.
Taking the yellow spot on the Monopoly board will be Chesil Beach, Sandworld Sculpture Park and Bowleaze Cove, where traditionally Leicester Square, Piccadilly and Coventry Street stood in the London version.
Sandworld sculptor Mark Anderson said it was an honour to have been chosen by the people of Weymouth and Portland.
He said: “It’s brilliant. I would say it shows what great value that people place on the sand sculptures of Weymouth.”
He added: “It’s great to have that support.”
Yellow properties are the third most expensive on the board, the game’s makers said it was a fitting place for three of the region’s ‘most spectacular landmarks and tourist magnets.’ Dan Taylor, Monopoly Manager at Winning Moves UK said: “We are keeping the vast majority of the new Weymouth and Portland property owners under our Monopoly hats until we launch.
“But we are delighted to announce this set, the first and only one we will be announcing before the launch.”
Mr Taylor added that 22 local landmarks and attractions had made the final cut out of a potential 22,000 places in the area.
He said: “Realistically around 220 were in the running so many congratulations to the 22 who made the final cut.”
When the game’s makers announced earlier in the year that they were hoping to create a Weymouth and Portland version of the popular game they invited people to give their suggestions of the places they would like to see.
Mr Taylor said that the help of Weymouth and Portland residents had been invaluable in creating the board and swapping the London spots for Dorset ones.
He said: “We would like to formally thank the Weymouth and Portland public for all its votes.”
Previously it had been revealed that the Old Kent Road spot would be taken by Sandsfoot Castle.
The official launch of the game will be on October 26 and it will be available from various retailers in the borough.