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The answer for our culture is in the money

Any visitor to Scotland cannot fail to be impressed by the variety and ingenuity of the banknotes in circulation, which seem to change frequently and often include commemorative issues.

This clever way of promoting Scottish culture leaves us sadly in the shade.

Both the First Trust and Ulster Banks use designs little-changed for around 40 years, with the Northern and Bank of Ireland tinkering 20-year-old notes themselves, and only the hugely popular George Best fiver and the equally scarce polymer fiver capturing the public's imagination in recent years.

With the upcoming centenary of the Titanic and Derry's City of Culture status the following year, perhaps our local banks could enhance Northern Ireland's image with completely new and impressive notes - appealing to locals and visitors alike.

FRED BADLOSE

Belfast

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