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Belfast to make Monopoly decision

Monopoly board

Belfast could be the next city to get a version of the board game Monopoly.

Games company Winning Moves UK has applied to Belfast City Council for permission to use some of the city's most famous landmarks.

Council sites requested for inclusion on the board are the City Hall, Belfast Castle, Ormeau Park and Botanic Gardens on the exclusive Malone Road.

In its pitch to the council, the firm said it would make a good souvenir for visitors and be fun for local families.

Other properties planned for the game would be sponsored by the firms that are associated with them, according to the application to the council's Parks and Leisure Committee.

Last year, Monopoly bosses took to Belfast's streets to canvass opinion on what should be included on the board. A decision from the committee is expected within the next month.

It is not known what streets in the city will equate to the famously cheap Old Kent Road or Whitechapel Road but as property prices continue to drop in real life, the board has the potential to cause offence.

The game of Monopoly has become a family favourite across the world since it was first patented in 1935.

County Antrim is already contained in an all-Ireland version of the game.

Although players in Northern Ireland may be most familiar with the London edition and its upmarket landmarks like Park Lane and Mayfair, there are hundreds of versions of the game throughout the world.

Along with several soccer-themed editions, towns with their own Monopoly version include Edinburgh, East Grinstead, Hull and Worcester.

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