The Bank of England has announced the Winston Churchill is set be the face of the five pound note due to be issued in 2016, replacing Elizabeth Fry as she becomes the last woman to be put on a note except the Queen. Sir Mervyn King, the Governor of The Bank of England, said the decision to put the nationally adored former British Prime Minister on the note was “entirely appropriate [because Churchill] holds a special place within the hearts of our nation”.
Churchill, widely accredited with saving Britain during a period many may remember, when there was an unsettling growth of the Nazism agenda, stemming across Europe under the rule of Adolf Hitler. Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1940, and re elected in 1951-55, follows in the footsteps of Duke of Wellington, the only other Prime Minister to have been honoured with tender in the 1990s. Churchill next on the list of many national heroes to appear on the five pound note, such as Florence Nightingale, Charles Darwin and Shakespeare.
Sir Mervyn King has spoken of Churchill’s legacy, saying “he remains a hero of the entire free world”, and remarked upon Churchill’s famous “energy, courage, eloquence, wit and public service are an inspiration to us all”. An initial design of the note presents Churchill upon a background of the Palace of Westminster and the Elizabeth Tower from a South Bank view.
The arms of the Elizabeth Tower may be significantly placed at three o clock, reminiscing on Churchill’s speech to the House of Commons. The background of the note aims to also feature a picture of the Nobel Prize medal that Churchill won in 1953 for literature.
Sir Mervyn King aims that “perhaps the note will become known as the Winston”, certainly, the remembrance of such a national hero and treasure may look towards uplifting the British spirit of passion, dedication and productive attitude in the face of adversity.
What other historical figures of British history, deserve to become a part of modern British life?