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Go past Mumbles Mile and land on the Zeta-Jones residence

Apr 6 2005

Robin Turner, Western Mail


THE Mumbles Mile, infamous for stag parties and ice cream, has become one of the favourites for a place on the latest Monopoly board.

People have been voting in their thousands for the places they think should be included in the new Swansea version of the board game.

A total of 31% of those asked have so far said they want to see Catherine Zeta-Jones's new family home at Limeslade, Mumbles, on the new board game.

Other areas way out in front in the voting so far include Mumbles Road, especially the "Mumbles Mile" of restaurants and pubs, Swansea Marina and Oxford Street.

Winning Moves, the games company which has taken over Monopoly, has been promoting the voting for streets and landmarks which people want in the new Swansea version of the game over the past few weeks.

Posters have been placed in and around the city and canvassers have been approaching people in the street to ask for personal opinions of Swansea residents.

More than 20% of voters have asked for the new Morfa Stadium to be included somewhere on the board.

And a large percentage of those asked also want to see the Vetch Field in the new game as well.

The still unnamed stadium at Morfa will take over from the Vetch Field from next season as the home of professional soccer in Swansea.

It will also house the Ospreys regional rugby franchise.

Work is going on at the new stadium to insert 25,000 plastic plugs into the pitch to give grass which is being sewn there a firm base around which to grow.

Graham Barnes, spokesman for Winning Moves, said it was possible the Vetch Field and the Morfa Stadium could feature on opposite sides of the board, possibly alongside Swansea High Street Station and the DVLA.

The £2m new house at Limeslade owned by Catherine Zeta-Jones's parents Pat and Dai Jones could become the most expensive property on the board, taking the place of Mayfair in the traditional game.

Mumbles Road or possibly Caswell or Langland could take the Park Lane spot while it is unclear so far what should have the Old Kent Road position, the cheapest on the board.

Winning Moves has written to Catherine Zeta-Jones's agent "to ask for permission" for the house to be included in the game.

The house though, in a gated complex close to Mumbles Cricket Ground, is actually owned by the star's parents.

Other sites figuring high in the voting so far include Oxford Street in Swansea's main shopping area, the nearby Quadrant Shopping Centre and Swansea Marina.

The award winning marina, developed from former dock warehouses in the 1980s, features hundreds of yachts and expensive beach front town houses.

The face of the marina is to change soon when building begins on a 29-storey tower, the biggest residential building in Wales. Also likely to feature in the new game is the Swansea SA1 development.


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