The family of a mother-of-three are all vying to become property tycoons across Wellingborough town centre – after she scooped an exclusive edition of family favourite Monopoly.
Tara North is one of only a handful of people who own a Wellingborough version of the popular board game after winning the top prize in a Christmas scratch card promotion to get people to shop local during the festive period.
The contest was organised by Wellingborough Business Improvement (BID), which stages events and promotions aimed at boosting the town centre economy.
The 41-year-old winner, who lives in Rushden and picked up the winning ticket in Market Street stationers Colemans, said: “It is exciting that I now own one of only three Wellingborough Monopoly boards in the whole wide world.
“Wellingborough has everything I need, the best thing is the free parking which does make a big difference.”
Shoppers were given scratch cards every time £10 was spent in participating Wellingborough town centre shops, with the chance of winning 101 prizes.
BID manager John Cable said: “The Wellingborough Monopoly boards really captured people’s imagination and we had lots of fun picking the streets.
“We had plenty of enquiries from people wanting to buy copies but as we only had three specially made they were not for sale, but we are trying to persuade the makers Hasbro Games to actually bring out an edition for the town.”
Neil Waite, owner of Captain Neil’s Toy Chest, in the town’s High Street, said: “Everyone has their head in a smartphone or tablet these days but a good old fashioned board game can bring the family together.
“Board games give you the chance to spend some time with your family.”
Wellingborough’s Market Street and High Street are the most desirable locations on the special edition board having been swapped with Mayfair and Park Lane.
Gamers looking to invest in the budget streets of Old Kent Road or Whitechapel Road can instead expect Orient Way or Whitehorse Yard, while Wellingborough Prison has also been reopened.
Tresham College, the council’s Swanspool House and The Castle have replaced three of the stations.