– Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England
Our banknotes acknowledge the life and work of great Britons. Sir Winston Churchill was a truly great British leader, orator and writer. Above that, he remains a hero of the entire free world. His energy, courage, eloquence, wit and public service are an inspiration to us all. I am proud to announce that he will appear on our next banknote.
Winston Churchill will appear on the reverse of the next £5 note, the Bank of England has announced. It is set to be issued in 2016.