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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 October 2006, 09:07 GMT 10:07 UK
Bank note honour for George Best

Northern Ireland soccer legend George Best is to be immortalised on one million commemorative 5 bank notes.

The Ulster Bank is to issue the limited edition notes as a tribute to the footballing genius next month to mark the first anniversary of his death.

They will show Best in both his Northern Ireland and Man Utd strips.

The finalised artwork for the notes was unveiled at the bank's Belfast headquarters by chief executive Cormac McCarthy on Thursday.

Members of the Best family and representatives of the George Best Foundation - the footballer's father Dickie Best and sister Barbara McNarry - were present to see the notes for the first time.

'Best memorabilia'

Mr McCarthy said: "At the outset of this project we wanted to ensure that, in celebrating the life of this legendary footballer, we paid fitting tribute to his contribution to football in Northern Ireland and beyond.

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Best will be shown in both his Northern Ireland and United strips
"We wanted to make it possible for fans throughout Northern Ireland and further afield to own their very own piece of unique George Best memorabilia."

He added: "By selecting the most affordable note denomination, five pounds, we have tried to make the notes as widely accessible as possible.

"This is the first time that Ulster Bank has commissioned a commemorative bank note and by limiting the print run to a million notes, we feel this makes the initiative even more significant."

The bank has also made a donation to the George Best Foundation to support the promotion of cross-community contact through participation in football.

Mrs McNarry, company secretary of the foundation, said: "When Ulster Bank approached us with the idea of creating a commemorative bank note, we had no hesitation in supporting the project.

"The unique tribute to George and the fact that so many people will be able to own this special memento is a welcome and fitting accolade at this particularly poignant time."

Application forms for the notes will be available from Ulster Bank branches in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland or online from 13 November.

The notes will then be available to purchase at any Ulster Bank branch in Northern Ireland from 27 November.

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