London boy, oh London boy, Your ten pound note is our pride and joy...
Despite declarations of a non-story from the occasional Doubting Thomas, we can at last reveal, exclusively on DavidBowie.com, the latest Brixton Pound denominations, including the Bowie ten pound note that we first told you about back in July. (07.25.2011 NEWS: BOWIE BRIXTON BANK NOTE DUE SEPTEMBER)
Though originally mooted for inclusion on the first issue of Brixton's very own paper currency in 2009, we are proud to be able to announce that David Bowie joins three other heroes of Brixton in an unveiling at ELECTRIC in Brixton tonight.
As you can see from the specimen below, the iconic and instantly recognisable Aladdin Sane cover shot has been used for the B£10 note.
Here follows the four latest additions that will be announced in Brixton this evening...
~ B£1: Lenford Kwesi Garrison, academic, community activist and co-founder of the Black Cultural Archives (1943-2003)
~ B£5: Luol Deng, professional basketball player for Great Britain National Basketball team at the London 2012 Olympics and the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls (born 1985)
~ B£10: David Bowie musician, actor and record producer. The Bowie family lived at 40 Stansfield Road, Brixton from 1947-1953 (born 1947)
~ B£20: Violette Szabo, GC, MBE, Second World War British secret agent. Born in Paris, she moved to London with her family and attended school in Brixton and later worked in the local Bon Marche department store. Violette was involved in a number of dangerous missions in France during the war as depicted in the 1958 film Carve Her Name With Pride. She paid the ultimate price for her heroism, being executed after suffering torture at the hands of the Gestapo, though never revealed any secrets. Violette was the second woman to be awarded the George Cross bestowed posthumously on 17 December 1946 (1921-1945)
From tomorrow, the notes will be available for people to purchase online and as collector packs from the official Brixton Pound site. Check out the site for everything you need to know about the aims and function of the B£.