The city of Salford has been celebrated by having its very own official edition of the family-fun board game Monopoly.
In all, more than 30 Salford landmarks get to feature in the new game, with MediaCity replacing the top-value ’Mayfair’, which is the game’s most prestigious square.
“We have been wonderfully spoilt for choice putting this great board together,” comments Afolabi Omotola, custom games executive at Winning Moves UK, who are the makers of the board under official license from Hasbro.
In between MediaCity and Salford Cathedral (which replaces Old Kent Road as the cheapest property) are the “great and good of Salford”, added Mr Omotola.
These include: The University of Salford, Peel Park, Salford Lads’ Club and Moor Lane.
Paul Dennett, the elected City Mayor of Salford, attended the launch event on Wednesday and added: “We’re delighted to see Salford get the global recognition it deserves in this way.”
“I know people will thoroughly enjoy playing this version of the Monopoly game.”
The announcement that Salford had landed the honour of its very own customised Monopoly game was made in March.
At the time the public was invited to suggest Salford landmarks to feature in the game.
Following a separate public vote, three charities from the city have also been included on the board, including Salford Foodbank.
The makers have themed the famous Monopoly multi-coloured property sets around heritage, retail, culture, sport, travel and the arts.
The four train stations from the London original game each take on a ‘travel’ theme, as Salford doesn’t have four main line train stations to select from.
The board will be on sale at all good toy and book stores across Salford and Greater Manchester including Asda, Ryman, Selfridges, Waterstones, The Works and WHSmith – as well as online, including on Amazon.