27th March 2017

Taunton inches ahead in voting for its very own Monopoly game

Taunton has inched ‘slightly ahead’ in voting for its very own Monopoly game.

The game’s makers, Winning Moves UK, revealed the news today with Weston-super-Mare at a ‘close second’ and the other three at a ‘a very distant’ third, fourth and fifth.

“We may have to dust down our Monopoly dice if it ends up a dead-heat” said Natasha Rebuck, Custom Games Executive at Winning Moves UK.

“It’s possible we may literally have to roll the dice at a place equidistant between Taunton and Weston.

That’s how close the vote is. These two are well clear of the other three in the race.”

Winning Moves UK are making the game under license from Hasbro.

Some votes have come in from different parts of the world for Glastonbury including from Canada and Australia.

“We’ve had votes from as far as the US and a few from Europe” Ms Rebuck added.

The following ‘Fab Five’ have been shortlisted by Winning Moves UK, under official license from Hasbro, who will be making a game for one (just one) Somerset city or town following the county-wide search.

Winning Moves UK executives visited 12 places over a two-year period. 

These five are being put out to a public vote:

  • Taunton
  • Glastonbury
  • Wells
  • Weston Super Mare
  • Yeovil

The winning location is guaranteed to ‘Pass GO’ to land its very own Monopoly game, to appear on shop shelves later this year.

“Each are extremely strong contenders” added Natasha Rebuck.

“We originally began with a list of twelve, but have shortlisted these down to a ‘Fab Five’.

Bridgwater and Wellington just missed out.

The factors that will decide are two-fold.

Firstly the strength of popular feeling and pride for a particular place.

Secondly, the diversity and beauty of potential landmarks to fill the game.

So it’s in effect a beauty contest – to borrow a celebrated Monopoly phrase – with the only difference being there is no prize for coming second, just first.”

The winning location is guaranteed to ‘Pass GO’ to land its very own Monopoly game, to appear on shop shelves later this year.

You can vote by emailing pass-go@winningmoves.co.uk or you can post your vote to The Monopoly Somerset Desk, Winning Moves UK, 7 Praed Street, London W2 1NP.

Poll lines close at 23.59 on 25 March 2017.

An announcement of the winning location will be made soon after polls have closed, in spring 2017.