Petition to put David Bowie on new £20 note gains 40,000 supporters

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A petition calling for music icon David Bowie to be featured on the next £20 banknote has won the support of more than 40,000 people.

Simon Mitchell, who set up the campaign following the singer's death last month said he believed there was "no better way to honour David Bowie".

One supporter of the petition even suggested the new note could be called 'The Ziggy' after the star's alter ego Credit:

His music has sound-tracked important events in the lives of many of us. His visual art and sense of character brought a new combination of music, performance and imagery into mainstream culture. A 2002 poll of '100 Greatest Britons' voted for by the public listed Bowie as number 29 which demonstrates how celebrated and familiar he is to British people. There is no better person to be on the next £20 note. The Bank of England is due to announce a successor to Adam Smith, who is currently featured on the reverse of the UK £20, and the public were asked to nominate a non-living visual artist. Bowie's innovation and art included painting as well as his better know 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.

Simon Mitchell

As well as adding their signatures Bowie fans have also used the petition to pay tribute to the British star who died aged 69 on January 10, just two days after the release of his final album 'Lazarus'.

He is one of the greatest British men, an icon, an artist, a legend and his life should be celebrated to the fullest! Goodnight Starman xxx

Nicola Kane, London

Bowie is one of my inspirations and I would love to see him daily on currency that everyone will use and remember him.

Rosalynd Watson

Bowie has been such an inspiration to Music and the Arts, he is a modern day iconic human being who will be sadly missed by many at home and the world over.

Janet Langton