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Herald readers urged to back Stratford Monopoly bid

Wellesbourne Airfield
Wellesbourne Airfield

The Herald has launched a campaign to win the Monopoly rights by appealing to our readers to get behind it.

There's some respected and tough competition out there though with neighbouring towns Warwick and Leamington in the hat along with Gloucester and Shrewsbury.

In the end the Monopoly games’ masters in London will base their decision on which town wins their vote by the amount of civic pride shown in a public vote by each of the five hopefuls involved and of course by the historic credentials each town possesses.

Stratford Herald editor Amanda Chalmers said: "Stratford is in the enviable position of having the world’s greatest playwright as its most famous son, and a stunning array of medieval and Tudor architecture including historic gems like Guild Chapel, Holy Trinity Church and the Shakespeare Birthplace Properties, including Shakespeare’s Birthplace itself. Despite this we really can't afford to take anything for granted. it is really down to voting numbers at the end of the day so we appeal for ALL our readers to do their bit.

"If everyone who buys a Herald votes just once, that's well over 10,000 votes registered."

Stratford Mayor Cllr Tessa Bates is also urging local residents to get behind the Bard’s town.

Cllr Bates said: “When I go out and people ask me where I come from and I tell them Stratford , they say “Oh, what a wonderful place to live!” As mayor and as a resident I have huge pride in Stratford and I would encourage everyone to vote for our town. A Stratford Monopoly board would make a great souvenir gift for visitors and a fitting tribute to Shakespeare for families to enjoy."

Diana Owen, CEO of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust agreed adding: "I would strongly encourage people to vote for Stratford to have its very own Monopoly board. As home to the world's greatest playwright, it is quite right that the town deserves such a tribute. We look after five of the most iconic historical houses and gardens in the world, and it would be wonderful to have these recognised in the much loved family game."

Polling is underway and the place that emerges with the most pride – say Monopoly bosses - will get its own board, which will see 22 customised property sites swapping places with the likes of Mayfair and Park Lane from the original.

Monopoly chiefs say there are two key features they’re looking for: “Firstly the strength of popular feeling and pride for a particular place. Secondly, the diversity and beauty of potential landmarks to fill the board. If Stratford wins it will not just be a Monopoly board but a Monopoly bard – and we are sure a world famous one too in this milestone year for the town,” said a Monopoly spokesperson.

To register you vote in favour of Stratford send your vote to westmidlands@winningmoves.co.uk or by traditional post to Monopoly West Midlands, Winning Moves UK, 7 Praed Street, London W2 1NP. Polls close at midnight on 29th February. An announcement of the winning location will be made in spring.

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