03:05PM, Friday 05 February 2016
Windsor could be awarded its own edition of Monopoly this year after making a shortlist of the most beautiful locations in the Home Counties.
The town is up against Marlow, Cranbrook in Kent, Guildford in Surrey, Epping Forest in Essex and St Albans in Hertfordshire.
The public can vote on which place they think merits its own version of the world famous board game. The Express found out which landmarks and locations should feature if Windsor comes out on top.
“Funny enough this was the game of choice in my house last Christmas so it would be great to have a Windsor version for Christmas 2016.”
The Mayor of the Royal Borough, Cllr Eileen Quick, said: “I think it is fantastic and Windsor is a name that is known all over the world.
“Obviously it could include places like the castle and the Guildhall but it could also include places along the new Queen’s Walkway.
“To go all round the board you’d need a lot of places so I think it would be nice if Eton was included, obviously the college and if you go further afield we’ve got Ascot Racecourse."
She added: “Actually I think we would have enough to fill two boards.”
Cllr Ed Wilson (Con, Clewer South) thought the Dedworth Road should feature high up on the board.
He compared the area to Park Lane in terms of property demand. He said: “I think it is an area that is very much in demand, from mosques to estate agents.
“It should in my opinion be up there.”
Chairwoman of the West Windsor Residents Association, Helen Price, said the ‘quirky’ idea is a good way to promote the town.
Places she would like to see on the board include, Legoland, Swan Sanctuary, The Willows Riverside Park and St Leonard’s Hill.
Federica Boiani, a 41-year-old consultant who lives in Temple Road, said: “It will be great, especially for the children. It’s just whether we’ve got enough locations to make a resemblance of the board game. We could stretch it out to places like Eton Bridge.”
Louise Mills, a careworker from Clewer New Town, said: “There’s lots of landmarks like Windsor & Eton Central station, Windsor & Eton Riverside and famous pubs like The Two Brewers. We’ve also got the castle and that’s like the gem in the crown with St George’s Chapel.”
Former Langley resident Don Geare, 57, who now lives in Western Australia, said: “Would tourists buy it? Why not? Look at what they’re buying. They don’t seem short of a few bob so if you’re looking for something different this would be good.”
Freddie Slaughter, a 25-year-old TV advert producer from London, said: “It would appeal to tourists but I don’t know how the locals would feel. We stayed at The Christopher Hotel over the weekend so that would have to be on there. There a lot of really nice old pubs as well.”
Student Harry Edwards, 18, from Mills Spur in Old Windsor, said: “I study in Guildford and I’d say it’s pretty dense. Here it’s more spread out.
“Windsor Skate Park could go on the lower end of the board. The Wetherspoons also deserves to be on there.”
Sandra Pritlove-Carson has worked as a dentist in St Leonards Road for 25 years. She said “I think now the Royal Family is on a bit of an up Windsor is becoming more appealing. With the castle being the oldest inhabited in the world I think that’s a massive pull for the tourists."
Readers took to the Express Facebook and Twitter pages to have their say on which places in the town deserve a spot on the board.
On Facebook, Lesley Dunn said: “The castle could be in the Mayfair bracket. Both old and present day stations are two of the actions. Peascod Street could be The Strand. Windsor Home Park could be 'Free Parking'.
The Royal Borough’s town crier, Chris Brown, suggested adding the Crooked House to the board, Jane Rowlands wanted to see Home Park Lawn Tennis Club included and Jenny Brown suggested Dedworth took the place of Old Kent Road.
In an online poll, Windsor Castle received 35.4 per cent of the vote and Windsor & Eton Brewery gained 11 per cent, seeing the two locations claim the coveted top spots.
A total of 82 votes were cast, with 13.4 per cent opting for other suggestions.
The customised game would also include tailor-made chance and community chest cards and the four train stations being given a travel theme – which could include Eton Bridge.
Votes should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or by traditional post to Home Counties Monopoly, Winning Moves UK, 7 Praed Street, London W2 1NP.
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