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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 October, 2003, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK
Monopoly makers create Brighton edition
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The Brighton and Hove game is the 15th edition of Monopoly
Board game fans in Brighton and Hove can now go straight to jail after the makers of Monopoly created a version of the game based on the East Sussex city.

The launch of the Brighton and Hove edition ends months of research during which residents were asked which streets and landmarks should take pride of place on the customised board.

The Old Kent Road slot - traditionally the cheapest on a Monopoly board - has gone to the derelict West Pier, while the most expensive Mayfair slot as been awarded to the Royal Pavilion.

Game creator Mark Marriott, said: "The West Pier was the natural choice for Old Kent Road and this came through loud and clear in the polling.

"We reckon that after Mayfair it is the best square to have. That's because it has a fantastic profile.

"And you rarely get bankrupted if you land on it so it leaves you with a nice feel."

Sites reflect city

Among the other features of the city chosen to fill the 27 slots are The Lanes, The Palace Pier, The Grand hotel, Brighton and Hove Albion FC and the BBC Southern Counties Radio studios.

The annual Brighton Pride festival is also included to reflect the city's gay community and the girl's public school Roedean also features.

Headmistress Carolyn Shaw, said: "The girls are great fans of Monopoly and are thrilled they are part of the Brighton and Hove edition.

"With six boarding houses within Roedean's grounds this will be a very popular square to own."

The Brighton and Hove edition - the 15th to be produced since the original was launched in the 1930s - goes on sale from Thursday, priced 24.99.

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