With the release of the new £50 note today, Bletchley Post Office is the only place outside the City of London today where the new cash can be seen by members of the public.
The note, which bears the face of legendary World War Two codebreaker Alan Turing, has been specially delivered to the branch to commemorate the work done by Turing and his team at Bletchley Park that was so critical to winning the war.
Ahmed Butt, Postmaster for Bletchley Post Office, said: “It’s great that the town’s residents and visitors can get their hands on the new £50 note at our Post Office before it goes into wider circulation across the rest of the country. Many of my customers feel more comfortable dealing in cash and the great news is that anyone with the old £50 note can still come into Post Offices and deposit them into their bank account, even after the old note is withdrawn by the Bank of England.”
On average, over £2 billion of cash is withdrawn and deposited every month at Post Office branches. Click here to find out more about our recently launched ‘Save Our Cash’ campaign which aims to ensure widespread access to cash, including this historic new Alan Turing note, across the country.
Amanda Jones, Retail & Franchise Network Director, said: “We’re so pleased that Bletchley Post Office is one of the first places to have the new £50 note today. What happened less than a mile away at Bletchley Park helped end World War Two and Alan Turing played such a pivotal role as a codebreaker. It’s a fitting tribute that he’s the face of this new note.”
The note will be available nationwide from tomorrow.
More details about the new £50 note can be found in Branch Focus: https://www.onepostoffice.co.uk/secure/help-me-do-my-job/branch-focus/stock-stores/new-50-polymer-banknote-security-features/