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The British public are trying to get David Attenborough on the new £20 note

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Sir David Attenborough might have the most recognisable voice in the UK, but a new petition could make his face just as ubiquitous.

A YouGov survey, launched in combination with Good Money Week, saw the conservationist named as the British public’s favourite to feature on the new £20, which will be released in 2020.

There’s only one small problem, though: artist J.M.W. Turner has already been lined up for the new note.

Still, that hasn’t stood in the way of an increased clamour for Sir David, 91, to get a new honour to add to the acclaim he continually receives for shows such as the Planet Earth series and the upcoming Blue Planet II.

A petition has been launched calling for the Bank of England to “break with tradition” and celebrate Sir David Attenborough on the new £20 note.

According to Rich Gundry, creator of the petition, “He would act as a constant reminder to the public to make ‘ethical’ money choices every single day”.

We’ve already got a fossil named after the great man, so what’s stopping us from immortalising Sir David on something we use every day?

Sure, we’re yet to see a living person (other than the queen) on British currency, but there’s a first time for everything.

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Wouldn’t that face just look great on a £20?

Sir David recently opened up about health struggles which could end up curtailing his presence on our screens sooner rather than later.

We’re coming to terms with the fact that the 91-year-old won’t be around forever, so what better response than ensuring his legacy lives on in another way?

(Images: Rex)