The Bank of England is replacing philosopher Adam Smith on the new £20 note and inviting the public to make suggestions for who should take his place. "Individuals from the visual arts comprising artists, sculptors, printmakers, designers, craftspeople, ceramicists, architects, fashion designers, photographers and filmmakers" can be nominated until July 19 and the concept design featuring the chosen character will be unveiled in spring 2016.
At the time of writing almost 20,000 people have signed a petition calling for their beloved "oily god" Ainsley Harriott to be the new "face" of the £20 note.
Despite the fact that the Bank "will not represent living characters on its notes, with the exception of the Monarch" hardcore Harriott fans won't be deterred. He's "more than a TV chef, he's a national treasure" said one, while another described him as "the one true god."
"He best represents the nation's desire for peace, unity and cooking" was another of the reasons provided by a signatory.
And one of Harriott's many catchy slogans has been suggested as the perfect accompaniment for his smiling face: "Give your meat a good ol' rub."
Previous historic figures to have featured on Bank of England notes include writer Charles Dickens, scientist Sir Isaac Newton, social reformer and founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale and architect Sir Christopher Wren. The Bank has already announced that Sir Winston Churchill and Jane Austen will appear on the next £5 and £10 notes respectively.
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Make your nomination for the visual artist you want to appear on the next Bank of England £20 note. (Sorry but we don't think votes for Ainsley Harriott — or any other celebrity chefs — will count.)
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