Paul Edwards was there for Maidstone and as well as meeting Maidstone Mayor Fay Gooch – he also met rich uncle Pennybags himself – Mr Monopoly!

The world’s most famous property game MONOPOLY has hit the streets of Kent’s county town today, with Maidstone Radio featuring on the community chest square of the board.

Squares like the iconic Mayfair Park Lane are now occupied by leading landmarks from Maidstone – and most of the Chance and Community Chest cards are themed around Kent’s county town. One card sends you on a free guided VIP tour of Leeds Castle. Whilst another hands players lots of MONOPOLY money as a celebration for Maidstone United football club winning the league.

Maidstone landed the honour of its very own customised MONOPOLY game – after seeing off 24 other places across Europe to win the accolade and beating runner-up Chartres in France. The announcement was made in March and local residents were invited to suggest Maidstone landmarks and charities to feature in the game.

Maidstone Radio and several charities feature in the game, following a separate public vote. They include Heart of Kent Hospice, featuring on its very own Community Chest square in the upper reaches of the board.

Rachel Street, Interim Chief Executive of Heart of Kent Hospice, says: “Thank you so much to everyone that voted for our charity to feature on the new Maidstone edition of this iconic game. It is great to be recognised in this way as this year we celebrate our 30th anniversary. Since the Hospice opened in 1991 we have cared for over 50,000 people – patients, their carers and families. As a local charity we are here for our community and because of our community.”

Maidstone Radio’s Paul Edwards joined in the launch party celebrations which took place at Leeds castle. You can hear Paul interviewing some of the special guests on his ‘Bit In The Middle’ – every Friday from 1pm.


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