Stunt intended to help familiarise consumers, businesses and visitors with new £5 and £10 designs

Historic move to upright bank notes marked by Ôturning landmarks vertical
Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

Some of Belfast’s most prominent landmarks will ‘turn vertical’ to  mark an important change regarding Northern Ireland bank notes.

Ulster Bank will tomorrow (Wednesday 27th February 2019) introduce
into circulation the UK and Ireland’s first main-issue ‘vertical’ bank
notes, and the bank says consumers, businesses and visitors need to be
familiar with the new designs.

It is therefore working with local school children to give two well-
known landmarks a temporary ‘new orientation’ to help raise awareness
of the notes and their unique shape.

The Big Fish at Donegall Quay and the large sign at Titanic Belfast
will ‘turn vertical’ tomorrow (Wednesday February 27th) as part of the
initiative, intended to catch the eye of business people and consumers
passing along the busy Donegall Quay and visitors coming to the world-
famous tourist destination.

The initiative will see the Big Fish and the Titanic sign accompanied
tomorrow by very large vertically-oriented replicas, which have been
created by local craftspeople.

The school children involved are pupils of Glenwood Primary School,
Belfast – the school supplied imagery to be used on the original Big
Fish which was created by artist John Kindness to tell the story of
the city. The vertical replica, which was created with Belfast artist
Eamon Monahan, will become a permanent fixture in the school.

Terry Robb, Head of Personal Banking, Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland,
says: “This is an important change and one that we want to communicate
fully to customers. We want people using and accepting the notes to be
familiar with the new designs and their unique look, and this is
intended to be a fun and creative way to do that.”

Ulster Bank representatives will be on hand from 10am – 2pm tomorrow
(Wednesday 27th February) at the Big Fish in order to answer any
questions that passersby have about the notes. The bank will also be
giving out free tea and coffee in its newly refurbished Belfast City
office, as well as providing people with the opportunity to see
details about the notes’ design.

In terms of their design, Ulster Bank’s new five pound note focuses on
Northern Ireland as a place that people pass through and visit,
highlighting the importance of the sea and migration and features
Strangford Lough and Brent Geese. The new ten pound note focuses on
Northern Ireland as a place of growth, both in terms of agriculture
and heritage, and features Lough Erne, the Irish hare and Guelder-rose
shrubs.

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