Suggestions for the Halifax Monopoly game have been coming in thick and fast as residents start to send in their votes.
The two rival Pennine towns of Halifax and Huddersfield are battling it out to land the very next themed game for this year.
After polls opened last Thursday it was reported that in early voting Huddersfield was 62% to Halifax’s 38%. Since then the share has narrowed to 57% (Huddersfield) and 43% (Halifax).
Residents have been sending in their votes and suggestions to the organisers of the competition via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to YORKSHIRE MONOPOLY, Winning Moves UK, 7 Praed Street, London W2 1NJ.
Of those voting for Halifax most have singled out Piece Hall as a potential landmark on any Halifax board.
The town that emerges with the most “PRIDE” – say games bosses at Winning Moves UK makers of this game under license from Monopoly owners Hasbro - will get their own unique edition, which will see 22 customised property sites swapping places with the likes of Mayfair and Park Lane from the Monopoly original.
Emma Lodwick, Custom games Executive at Winning Moves UK, said: "“We began with more than 20 locations from the North of England. These are the shortlisted final two.
“The factors that will decide are two-fold. Firstly the strength of popular feeling and pride for Halifax or Huddersfield.
“Secondly, the diversity and beauty of potential landmarks to fill the game.
“So it’s in effect a beauty contest – to borrow a celebrated MONOPOLY phrase – with the only difference being there is no prize for coming second, just first”.
“We want each place to tell us why they would like Pass GO – tell us about their beautiful landmarks that would star in the edition!”.
The game itself – based on the winning location - will go into production to be ready in time for this Christmas (2018) and will hit shop shelves this October, with the edition showcasing property landmarks from the winning location.
So, for example, Mayfair - the top glitzy location on the board - could be Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium or Halifax’s Eureka!. Huddersfield Town Hall or Halifax’s Grade 1 Listed Piece Hall could land on Whitehall.
Other customised features will see the four train stations from the London original being handed over to a ‘travel’ theme.
Also, many of the Chance and Community Chest cards will be heavily customised too. One could send players to a rival town like .. so, for example, if Halifax wins a card could say: ‘Go to Huddersfield!’. Or vice versa.
Getting stuck on the M62 is a card that is already earmarked for production as it works for either of the locations, whichever of the market town wins.
The closing date for voting is 23.59pm, March 3 2018. An announcement of the winning location will be made very soon after polls have closed.