Monopoly makers give tiny town its own board game
A Cornish seaside town has become the smallest place in the world to get its own Monopoly board game.
Amelia Whitaker, who runs Nearwater B&B in the Roseland resort with her husband, approached Monopoly makers more than a year ago and persuaded them to create a St Mawes version of the popular game.
Mrs Whitaker said that the company was initially unsure whether St Mawes was big enough to warrant its own board, but she convinced them that the town was so unique it deserved to be immortalised in the iconic family game.
"It's been a big year," she said. "I really wanted to get the boards out for Easter. I wanted people coming down here on holiday to be able to play the game on a rainy day."
Mrs Whitaker was closely involved in deciding which landmarks and properties should feature in the game, which includes a mooring fee as opposed to a super tax and the King Harry ferry replacing Kings Cross station.
The Bond Street and Mayfair squares are replaced by local landmarks St Mawes Castle and Tresanton respectively.
Mrs Whitaker says: "I've had enquiries from people all over the world. It's for people who love St Mawes – they can have a piece of St Mawes wherever they are."
The limited edition game will be launched at a family fun event on Easter Monday at the Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes.
During the day, a group of local children will compete in a special game of St Mawes Monopoly. The winner will receive a cheque for £2,000, donated by Tresanton's owner, Olga Polizzi, which they can give to a charity of their choice.