THE first ever plastic banknotes to be issued in the UK will mark the 125th anniversary of the Forth Bridge and honour its designer.
The £5 notes, issued by Clydesdale Bank, will enter circulation in March 2015, carrying the image of Sir William Arrol, the engineer whose company build the structure in 1890.
The new notes will be smaller than existing paper fivers, and will be able to survive a hot cycle in a washing machine.
They will also last twice as long, surviving six years of being crumpled in wallets.
Clydesdale Bank will release two million of the notes in the UK from March next year, ahead of the Bank of England in 2016.
Clydesdale Bank executive director, Debbie Crosbie, said: “We are very proud to commemorate the Forth Bridge on our new £5 note.
“The structure is renowned across the world as an incredible feat of engineering so it was a fitting choice for a ground-breaking new note.”