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UK sites vie for Monopoly places
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Monopoly has represented London sites for more than 70 years
Cities, towns and villages in the UK have a chance of being represented in a new version of board game Monopoly.

Some 22 locations will be selected for inclusion, based on votes cast by the public on Monopoly's website.

Winning locations will feature on a new Monopoly Here and Now UK Edition board in October, which will be in addition to the traditional London version.

The leading locations based on current voting are Glasgow, Sheffield, Exeter, London and Lincoln.

Monopoly has represented London's most valuable sites for more than 70 years. It will be the first time in the UK popularity has dictated locations.

Members of the public can choose from a list of the UK's 66 major cities or suggest another location, which means any location from the UK can be put forward - regardless of size.

The people of the UK are massively patriotic and will certainly get behind their cities, towns and villages
Joanna Austin

Each day the site will list the top 22 locations that have the most votes.

Voters in Northern Ireland will also have the chance to be included on either the Ireland board or the UK board.

Joanna Austin from Parker, which makes the game, said: "It's very exciting to see which location will have the most passionate population.

"The people of the UK are massively patriotic and will certainly get behind their cities, towns and villages. It will be interesting to see how the big cities fare against the smaller villages."

When launched in Australia, the same approach saw 16,866,491 votes over the four week voting period.

Voters can visit www.monopoly.co.uk to select their chosen location.

Voting will end on 25 May and the new UK board will be revealed in October.

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