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Churchill is to grace English £5 banknotes

John-Paul Ford Rojas

SIR Winston Churchill is to appear on the next £5 note, the Governor of the Bank of England has announced.

The wartime leader will become the first politician of the modern era to feature on a banknote, when it is issued in 2016.

Sir Mervyn King made the announcement during an event at Chartwell, Churchill's former home in Kent, attended by members of his family.

The design will feature a renowned portrait of the Prime Minister in defiant pose, taken by photographer Yousuf Karsh in December 1941. Behind him is a view of the Houses of Parliament, with the hands on Big Ben showing three o'clock.

It reflects the approximate time of a statement to the House of Commons on May 13, 1940 when he famously told MPs: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." The quote itself is also shown on the design.

A background image shows the Nobel Prize for literature, with citation, awarded in 1953 to Churchill – who apart from being a politician was a prolific historical writer.

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