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Edition No. 165

Date:- 28 August 2004

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LUCKY LOCALS WIN PLACE IN UK CHAMPIONSHIPS

THE Father and Son team, who are both Monopoly enthusiasts and come from the Wirral, have beaten off fierce nationwide competition and secured a place in this years 2004 UK Monopoly Championships. They are in with a chance of rolling their way to the World Championships in Tokyo later this year.

Over the last three months, Games giant Parker have been scouring the UK for Monopoly enthusiasts to take part in the British Championships on 3rd September. Hopefuls were asked to enter their details online at www.monopoly.co.uk and of the hundreds of entries received 64 contestants were chosen to try their luck at the world famous Monopoly tournament.

>From over 500 applicants, David Kenny and John Kenny from Wallasey, Wirral have been chosen to use their money-making wits against the 61 other contestants in a bid to snatch the prestigious title and go on to represent their country in the World Monopoly Championships in Tokyo this October. 

Held on HMS Belfast in London, the British heat will see the 64 contestants compete to own it all. HMS Belfast will provide the ideal setting for the Championships as the battleship is one of the game’s traditional playing pieces plus the venue offers fantastic views of London, the city that provides the overall theme for the game.

Played in a knock out style contest, the British Monopoly Champion 2004 will receive £5000 in prize money and an all expenses paid trip to Japan. When in Tokyo, the champion will join winners from over 30 countries worldwide to compete for the coveted title of ‘World Monopoly Champion’.

Sue Jones Hasbro group brand manager for Parker comments:- "The response for this year’s Monopoly Championships has been fantastic. If the number of entries is anything to go by this years contest is sure to be fiercely competitive and we wish David and John the best of luck as they battle it out to win it all!"

All supporters will be welcome on to the HMS Belfast to watch the championships.

Your County is "Calling All Shufflers!"

THIS is not a wind up... yes it is really a search for players! The Eastbourne Beer Festival looking for three players to represent at the UK Shuffleboard Championships to be held as part of the Eastbourne Beer Festival, to be held over the 7 October to 9 October 2004 on the glorious South Coast.

The game was played in Tudor England over 500 years ago and was a favourite pastime of Henry VIII. Old in concept with the added spice of having once been illegal, and now above-board and in revival with the UK's first championships taking place in Eastbourne in October.

The object of the game is to slide 30 concave beechwood discs down a long narrow board through gaps into the scoring area. The team with the highest aggregate score wins.

The Eastbourne Beer Festival is seeking to host the first Shuffleboard Championships, and is an ideal venue as it already offers a wide range of family entertainment, pub games and over 100 real ales, ciders, wines and beers from around the world. Coupled with a celebration of international culture and cuisine, visitors can enjoy a traditional Oktoberfest style evening or sample the delights of food and drink from faraway continents.

So come on you budding shuffleboard players, if you are 18 plus, come on down to Eastbourne and help your county become the first UK County Champions.

To enter, visit www.englishshuffleboard.co.uk or telephone 01273 564375. Teams should enter as soon as possible since places are limited. For information on Eastbourne Beer Festival and accommodation packages, visit www.eastbournebeerfestival.co.uk or telephone 01323 412000.

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