David Bowie fans petition Bank of England to put star's face on £20 note

By John Glenday | Reporter

January 15, 2016 | 2 min read

Mourning David Bowie fans are seeking to immortalise their idol as a new face of £20 notes after launching a petition to commemorate the singer and actor.

David Bowie, Bank of England

Such a move would place Bowie as the next in line for such an honour, replacing economist and philosopher Adam Smith as the new face of the banknote.

Bank of England governor Mark Carney launched a public appeal for nominations for a visual artist to appear on a revamped note last May and fans are confident their man could get the nod – even though polls closed back in July.

Petition author Simon Mitchell wrote: “We can think of no better way to honour David Bowie, who died on 10th January 2016, than by depicting him on the forthcoming £20 note.

“Bowie's innovation and art included painting as well as his better known music and acting careers. As a non-living visual artist he now meets the Bank of England’s Criteria for the next person to feature on the £20 note.”

The Change.org petition garnered over 12,000 signatures in 24 hours but a final decision on who will be chosen rests with Carney himself.

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