MOVE over Mayfair ... Culzean Castle is now cramping your style.

The town of Ayr now has its own official Monopoly game.

Launched last week, the new game has crowned Culzean Castle as the “Mayfair of Ayr”. Completing the game’s most expensive set is Ayr Racecourse, which replaces Park Lane from the London Monopoly original, although I’m not sure what Ayr council’s planning department would reckon on applications for housing in this area.

No fewer than three Burns landmarks also feature, comprising Brig o’ Doon, Burns Cottage and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Other landmarks given star billing on the board include Ayr Town Hall, Ayr United FC, Ayr Rugby, the Kyle Centre, the Wallace Tower, Greenan Castle, The Grain Exchange, Belleisle Park and St John’s Tower.

The four train stations from the original board take on the travel theme of Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Auld Brig, Ayr railway station and the Electric Brae.

The makers of this take on the world’s most famous board game are proudly describing the new version as “a love letter to Ayr”, apt given the town is the birthplace of one of the world’s most famous love songs, courtesy of the Bard himself.

The new board is being produced by Winning Moves UK under official licence from the Monopoly brand, owned by Hasbro.

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George Shrimpton, custom games executive at the firm, said: “We have been wonderfully spoilt for choice putting the game together.”

Three charities each feature on their very own Community Chest squares, following a public vote. They are Whiteleys Retreat,

Cash for Kids and Dunaskin Doon Band.

And many of the Chance and Community Chest cards are Ayr themed too. One card rewards players for putting their litter in the bin so as not to inadvertently feed the seagulls. A second one sees players scoop up 200 Monopoly dollars for “hearing a ghost” at Culzean Castle.

Being the honest men and bonnie lassies that they are, the people of Ayr won’t go to jail, but if they were to, Kilmarnock Prison is handy. And motorists should note that nowadays there’s no such thing as free parking in Ayr – or anywhere else for that matter.

I hope Ayr town centre features prominently ... it is home to one of the funniest episodes in a newspaper office.

Picture the scene (NB this was a while ago, before pictures went digital and young wannabe journos were at the beck and call of the newsroom): deadline is looming and staff are frantically bashing away at their keyboards. The call: “Copy!” reverberates from the sports desk. A copykid dashes over and is instructed to go to the picture library and retrieve the file for the formula one racing legend Ayrton Senna. Alas, he returned with the file for Ayr toon centre.

The new game went on sale last week and it’s sure to be popular.

In these times of Covid travel restrictions, localised Monopoly might prove a compelling proposition, a way of getting out and about when we cannot pass go.