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Special edition Black Country Monopoly launches

Have you ever wanted to own the Crooked House? Or live at Dudley Castle? Now is your chance with the launch of a special edition Black Country Monopoly.

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Amanda Bowen, head of fundraising at Mary Stevens Hospice, and Stourbridge MP Suzanne Webb launch the special edition Black Country Monopoly game

Stourbridge-based Mary Stevens Hospice has joined forces with Winning Moves to create one of three limited edition Monopoly games created each year.

The game will take you round the Wrekin, up the cut and down the old 'oss road. The community spirit which is closely linked with the Black Country are captured in the board game, alongside the unique dialect and landmarks which make the area recognisable.

The Dudley Hippodrome and the Duncan Edwards statue also feature on the limited edition game

Everything down to the Community Chest and Chance cards have been altered to fit with the Black Country theme. You can also order special edition playing pieces – which include Dudley Castle.

Landmarks include Dudley Zoo, Dudley Hippodrome, the Duncan Edwards statue, Black Country Living Museum, the Sister Dora statue, Sedgley Beacon and the 'Mon on the Oss'.

The game launches on the official Black Country Day, today. Proceeds raised from the sale of Black Country Monopoly will be donated to Mary Stevens Hospice.

The Chance and Community Chest cards have also been given a Black Country theme

Amanda Bowen, head of fundraising at Mary Stevens Hospice, said: "We were delighted that we had been chosen by Monopoly manufacturers Winning Moves to produce the first official Black Country Monopoly which would be sold to raise funds for the Mary Stevens Hospice.

"We began by asking our community what they would like to see on the board, and soon discovered how proud Black Country folk are of their heritage and their iconic landmarks, their history and their unique dialect, mix this with the a unique sense of humour and you have the perfect ingredients for a bostin’ board game.

Even the Black Country football clubs feature – including Wolves and Albion

"With support from local businesses and organisations whose generosity and backing has helped us to produce the game, all proceeds from the sale of Black Country Monopoly will go directly towards funding patient care and will help us sustain our service through the most challenging time in our 29 year history.

"With it's official launch on Black Country Day, July 14, we can't wait to see everyone having a great time playing it!”

Stourbridge MP, Suzanne Webb, added: "Mary Stevens Hospice is one of our most beloved local institutions and the support they offer many local families at their most difficult of times is valued by all.

The Express & Star and 'Mon on the Oss' feature on the limited edition game

"I was delighted to have been invited to visit the hospice and meet some of the staff and volunteers who do so much to care for our loved ones, as well as having the chance to see the new Black Country Monopoly game developed by the hospice.

"The game shows off many of the things that is great about the Black Country and I hope that it will raise lots of funds for the hospice on Black Country Day and well into the future."

To order the special Black Country edition Monopoly game, visit or telephone 01384 377 778