YORKSHIRE Day today sparked calls from one of the region’s Euro MPs for top Tykes to adorn bank notes.
Yorkshire & Humber Lib-Dem MEP Diana Wallis has written to the Governor of the Bank of England, urging him to improve the presentation of the county on bank notes.
She wants white rose subjects considered for inclusion on the future design of a bank note.
“Yorkshire has been woefully underrepresented on Bank of England bank notes since the ‘pictorial series’ was introduced in the 1970s.
“ In fact, my research suggests that not a single Yorkshire man or woman has been on any note in that time*.
“Ahead of Yorkshire Day, I have written to the Governor of Bank of England Mervyn King, who is responsible for designs of banknotes, to suggest it’s time to put a person from Yorkshire on the notes.
“I am sure everybody has their own thoughts on which Yorkshire individuals should feature. My own personal choice and the one I have suggested to Mr King is the Bronte sisters.
“Arguably the Brontes are the world’s most famous literary family and, of course, Haworth Parsonage near Bradford was their home from 1820 to 1861. “Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte were the authors of some of the best loved books in the English language.
“Having the Bronte sisters on a future note would also improve the ratio of females overall which hitherto has been poor also. One could also think of Amy Johnson, the world renowned aviatrix from Hull.”
“It would be nice to get an agreement on Yorkshire representation by the time of the next Yorkshire Day in 2012.”