Town monopoly lands on Downing Street

By Ian Dipple Friday 13 December 2013 Updated: 13/12 14:47

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Buy photos » Prime Minister David Cameron receives his copy of Redditch Monopoly from Redditch MP Karen Lumley and Sarah Lewis, commercial graduate from Diamond Buses one of the game’s main funders. (s)

THE PRIME Minister has been presented with his own copy of the Redditch version of Monopoly.

Redditch MP Karen Lumley handed over the special edition of the board game on Wednesday (December 11), bought by her as David Cameron’s Christmas present.

The game has been created by Redditch Town Centre Partnership to mark the 50th anniversary of Redditch as a new town.

Mr Cameron was also presented with a copy of the special heritage leaflet produced with the game and signed by members of the partnership, as well as a copy of his favourite record by The Jam on vinyl sent by Vintage Trax in the Kingfisher shopping Centre.

Mrs Lumley said: “The Prime Minister informed me his children are huge fans of Monopoly and this Christmas he will be playing the Redditch version with his young children. The interest generated has just been incredible and I would like to thank all those who have supported this.”

Demand for the game has been so strong, members of the TCP are struggling to keep up with demand.

It only officially went on sale last week with all 500 units initially produced having either been sold or accounted for. Another 500 are due to arrive towards the end of this week or early next week and will go on sale at Heaphys menswear on Church Green West and Vintage Trax in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.

The TCP is now considering whether or not to order a re-run.

A spokesman for the TCP said: “The demand for the game has been so strong it has taken us a little by surprise but we would like to assure the public we have more on the way and will hopefully be in a position to fulfil any outstanding pre-orders by next week.”

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