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Jul. 31, 2003. 11:18 AM
Britons want to spend it like Beckham
Third of Briton's want soccer star on currency


LONDON (AP) A third of Britons would like to see British soccer star David Beckham's picture on their bank notes, according to a survey published today.

Thursday is the last day when 10-pound notes with the face of Charles Dickens are legal tender. He was replaced by Charles Darwin.

Research carried out for Virgin Money showed 25 per cent of Britons think the historical figures currently featured on bank notes, including composer Edward Elgar and social reformer Elizabeth Fry, should be replaced with more modern celebrities.

Thirty-seven per cent voted for Beckham and 29 per cent said they would opt for the scowling visage of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Diana attracted 21 per cent of the vote, while William Shakespeare got 13 per cent and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and singer Robbie Williams each got eight per cent.

Ten per cent said they would dislike carrying money featuring the features of Beckham's wife Victoria and 16 per cent said they would object to carrying pictures of Prime Minister Tony Blair in their wallets.

The polling company Taylor Nelson Sofres questioned 1,000 people for Virgin Money during July, with a margin of error of three percentage points.


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