Tunbridge Wells has its own Monopoly – and here is where to buy it

Lee Colyer

Streets and landmarks of Tunbridge Wells are now on sale within the town’s own version of the world famous board game Monopoly.

Town Crier John Scholey joined Mayor Julia Soyke and brand mascot Mr Monopoly on Thursday (October 26) to launch the localised edition on The Pantiles – which has been made the most expensive square in the game.

Following on from the classic London, Paris and New York versions, the Tunbridge Wells board is now on sale for £30.

After 2,000 people responded to a vote on what squares and products to include on the board, game owners Winning Moves showcased the design at the red-carpet event at Royal Tunbridge Wells Hotel.

Robert Osborne, company sales executive, said after creating a Canterbury version last year making a Tunbridge Wells edition “just felt right”.

“It is a beautiful town and seemed a good fit for us, it was a popular suggestion and we had enough ideas for roads and businesses to fill two or three boards.

Addresses include High Street, Royal Victoria Place and Tunbridge Wells railway station but keep an eye out for your favourite local newspaper the Times and sister publication SO Magazine.

Mayor Julia Soyke said: “The game raises the profile of Tunbridge Wells even further after the town was voted the fifth happiest nationally.

“It is a nice thing for families and I’ll certainly be playing the game with mine come Christmas time.”

Jack Roberts and Flora Donaldson, two pupils from Claremont Primary School in Tunbridge Wells, were chosen to read a poem at the ceremony before former mayor David Neve gave a pun-ridden speech while wearing a London A-Z themed suit.

“Monopoly has had a changing format right from the word go,” he quipped.

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