Could King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth get their own Monopoly boards?

The Custom House in King's Lynn in the snow on Monday night. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Custom House in King's Lynn in the snow on Monday night. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: submitted

For Park Lane, read Purfleet Place, for Pall Mall, the Golden Mile. The makers of Monopoly have revealed they may produce versions of the board games for King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth.

Long John's Bar, Britannia Pier, Yarmouth.

Long John's Bar, Britannia Pier, Yarmouth. - Credit: Nick Butcher

The two towns have been named on a shortlist of East Anglian locations which may feature in a new editions of the classic game.

A public vote will determine which of the towns on the list - which also includes Bury St Edmund, Sudbury, Newmarket and Colchester - will appear on the board.

The contest has sparked competition between the towns.

Lee Shuardson, a property valuer at Sowerby's in King's Lynn, said his town's mix of historic buildings, high-end property and areas in need of development could work well for a Monopoly board.

'Castle Rising Road and Nursery Lane in South Wootton could definitely be contenders for the Mayfair spot. It is a highly affluent part of King's Lynn with properties valued of up to £1m in that area.

'Then again, you also have the historic quarter of King's Lynn with Nelson Street or King's Street which could also work for those high-end locations.'

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He added: 'The Monopoly board could definitely be adapted to work for the town.'

However Sam Mead, sales manager for Howards Great Yarmouth Lettings, is excited by the prospect of Great Yarmouth appearing on the monopoly board.

She said: 'North Drive along the sea front would definitely be up there as a contender for Mayfair.

'Just off there you also have Park Lane, and then towards the north of the town you have the Avenues, such as Windsor Avenue, Royal Avenue which has some really lovely houses.

'The Monopoly board could definitely suit Great Yarmouth, though I am a local girl and would hope it wouldn't be too disparaging and have too many Old Kent Roads.'

The deciding factors for the project were 'two-fold'. said Emma Lodwick, custom games development executive at Winning Moves UK, which is developing the game under licence from Monopoly owners Hasbro.

'Firstly the strength of popular feeling and pride for a particular place,' she said. 'Secondly, the diversity and beauty of potential landmarks to fill the board.'

Votes should be emailed to eastanglia@winningmoves.co.uk or to Monopoly East Anglia, Winning Moves UK, 7 Praed Street, London W2 1NP.

Voting closes on February 20, with the result due in spring. The winning board will hit the shelves in October.

• OUR KING'S LYNN MONOPOLY SUGGESTIONS

Pieces

Custom House, the Red Mount, South Gate entrance, Greyfriars Tower, King's Lynn Library.

Railway Stations

King's Lynn Rail Station, King's Lynn Bus Station, Downham Market Rail Station and Watlington Rail Station

Utilities

Saturday Market Place and Tuesday Market Place

Dark Blue Stops

Castle Rising Road and Nursery Lane

Green Stops

Nelson Street, King's Street and Queen Street

Brown Stops

Hillington Square, London Road.

• OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR YARMOUTH

Pieces

Britannia Pier, Winter Gardens, Great Yarmouth Town Hall, Havenbridge House, St George's Theatre, Atlantis Tower

Railway Stations

Great Yarmouth Railway Station

Yarmouth Beach (Closed in 1959 - was located on the east side of Nelson Road North half a mile east of the Market Place)

Yarmouth Southtown (Closed in 1970 - to the north of Station Road now under the A1243 Bridge Road.

Caister-on-Sea (Closed in 1959 - was located near Manor Road)

Utilities

Market Place and Market Gates Shopping Centre

Dark blue stops

South Beach Parade and Marine Parade

Green Stops

North Drive, Regent Road, St Peter's Road,

Brown stops

Tolhouse Street, King Street, Nelson Road