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City launch for Swansea Monopoly
Launch of Swansea version of Monopoly
The Swansea edition was launched at the city's new waterfront museum
The Swansea edition of the board game Monopoly has been launched at the city's National Waterfront Museum.

Some of the 33 city landmarks replacing the traditional London sites included are the DVLA, the Dylan Thomas Centre and Mumbles Pier.

Manufacturers Winning Moves said Swansea was the first city in Wales to have its own version of the game.

Versions of the limited edition game, launched on Wednesday, have been produced in both English and Welsh.

John Bollom, managing director of the Mumbles Pier, said he was honoured that the landmark is on the new board.

He added: "It has been enjoyed by families for generations.

"The fact that Swansea's now receiving its own Monopoly board pays tribute to the importance of the city."

This is an exciting time for Swansea.
Chris Holly, leader of Swansea Council

The game's original famous London locations have been replaced with Welsh equivalents.

In place of Mayfair will be Morgans Hotel. Homeless charity Shelter replaces the Old Kent Road.

John Puzey, director of Shelter Cymru, said: "Anything that promotes the charity and the work it does, the fact that it exists is fine, and it is fun too."

The makers of the new game canvassed the views of Swansea residents on what places they would like to see featured on the new board.

The game's creator, Mark Marriott, said: "The game reflects the essence and spirit of Swansea. We are absolutely delighted with the new board and would like to thank everyone for their help with nominations."

'Boosts profile'

Some of the city's newest landmarks - the Liberty Stadium and the National Waterfront Museum also make it onto the board.

Chris Holly, leader of Swansea Council, said: "I am delighted that locations in Swansea are being included on this board.

"This not only serves to boost the profile of the city but also shows we are taking the right steps in attracting visitors here. This is an exciting time for Swansea."

The original Monopoly game was invented by US heating engineer Charles Darrow in 1935.

Since then, more than 200m copies in 32 different languages have been sold.

It is thought that Go has been passed more than 13,000 million times since then.

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