Could The Scores be the new Park Lane or Market Street the new Oxford Street? These are questions a Monopoly board maker will be facing if enough people vote for St Andrews in a poll.
A shortlist of six potential Scottish locations, including St Andrews, for a special issue of the game has been drawn up and the makers say public votes will decide which one gets to pass ‘Go’ and land its own Monopoly board later this year.
The other potential towns, whittled down from 20, are Ayr, Falkirk, Motherwell, Perth and Stirling.
Polling started last Saturday and will continue until the end of the month.
This year is the 80th anniversary year of the world’s most popular board game.
“It’s a year of celebration for us and also for one Scottish location,” says Colin Fisher, Scottish Area Executive at Winning Moves UK, which is making this official version of Monopoly under licence from owners Hasbro.
“Each are very strong contenders,
“The factors that will decide are two-fold. Firstly - and crucially - the strength of popular feeling and pride for a particular city or town. Secondly, the diversity and beauty of potential landmarks to fill the board.”
St Andrews Community Council chairman Howard Greenwell said St Andrews, with its international reputation, historic locations and attractions, would definitely lend itself to being represented in a version of the game.
Places like the R&A Golf Club, he said, had the prestige to take the place of locations such as Mayfair in the original.
“I would certainly be all in favour of St Andrews being recognised,” he said and urged people to get behind the town and take part in the vote.
The winning town’s official board will have 22 customised property sites swapping places with the likes of Mayfair, Park Lane and Old Kent Road from the Monopoly original.
While the board will showcase property landmarks from the winning town, the four train stations from the London original will be given a ‘travel’ theme.
However, many of the Chance and Community Chest playing cards will also be customised.
“But everything is up for grabs,” said Mr Fisher. “The board is a blank canvas at the moment. The public will decide.”
The result will be announced in spring and the board would hit the shop shelves in October in time for Christmas,
To vote for St Andrews, email firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to SCOTLAND, Winning Moves UK, 7 Praed Street, London W2 1NP.
Polls close at midnight on February 28.