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Move marks listing of Forth Bridge

Clydesdale to print all £5 notes on polymer

Clydesdale £5 noteClydesdale Bank is marking the Forth Bridge’s new Unesco World Heritage List status by announcing plans to replace all of its paper £5 notes with polymer versions next year.

A limited edition of the commemorative polymer notes, featuring the bridge and its engineer Sir William Arrol, entered circulation earlier this year as part of the bank’s support for the World Heritage bid.

To date, £10 million of the polymer notes have entered circulation and this will rise to £40m.

Unesco announced this week that the Forth Bridge had been awarded World Heritage List status joining the likes of the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal and the Pyramid Fields of Egypt.

David Duffy, the newly-appointed chief executive of Clydesdale Bank, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Forth Bridge recognised on a global scale. It’s an incredible feat of Victorian engineering, a Scottish – and now internationally recognised – icon.

“On behalf of Clydesdale Bank, I want to congratulate the Forth Bridge Forum on their successful nomination.”

The bridge has become Scotland’s sixth World Heritage Site and the second such site to be featured on a Clydesdale Bank £5 note.

The first fully polymer banknotes to enter circulation in Great Britain are made of a more durable material than existing paper notes.

Clydesdale Bank is the largest issuer by volume of notes in Scotland and, earlier this year, reached the milestone of having more than £2 billion worth of notes in circulation on a single day.

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