An official Monopoly game for Taunton has been launched.
As part of the event at Cooper Associates County Ground, it was revealed that Somerset County Cricket Club had landed the very top space, Mayfair.
More than 30 other leading Taunton landmarks have replaced the famous London Monopoly addresses including The Museum of Somerset, The Brewhouse Theatre, Vivary Park, Goodland Gardens, and Taunton Racecourse.
Four charities also feature on the board and each were formally presented with a game at the launch ceremony. The charities are MIND in Taunton and Somerset, Stand Against Violence, St Margaret’s Hospice, and Love Musgrove.
There are also customised Chance and Community Chest cards including one that “spares” players “the gallows” by dodging a Judge Jeffrey’s ruling.
Somerset head coach, Jason Kerr, along with Somerset cricketers Dom Bess and Jack Leach joined Mr Monopoly and Somerset’s mascot, Stumpy at the launch.
Sarah Trunks, head of marketing and communications at the club, said: “Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to be included in this special edition of Monopoly and to have been awarded the highly sought after Mayfair spot is fantastic.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Members and supporters who voted for us.
“We are delighted to have hosted the launch event of Taunton Monopoly and I have no doubt that the game will be a huge hit.”
The Mayor of Taunton Deane, councillor Hazel Prior-Sankey, said: “As a local Taunton girl I very much welcome this new Monopoly Game featuring so many of Taunton’s landmarks.”
Jake Houghton, custom games executive at Winning Moves UK – the makers of this version of the game under official license from Monopoly owners, Hasbro – said: “The game is a celebration and a love letter to Taunton.
“Thank you to everyone who has voted for the landmarks that appear and star on it and for making this game happen.”
The special edition is available from Taunton toy and book stores, including Argos, Asda, The Range, Waitrose, Waterstones, WHSmith, and The Works. It will also be available widely online, including on the Winning Moves website.