Banknotes bearing the image of Bennachie could form part of a special “Aberdeenshire pound” hailed as a way of helping the local economy bounce back from the pandemic.
East Garioch councillor Martin Ford says it is “worth looking into” the feasibility of launching a “complementary currency” which can only be used in the north-east.
The idea has already been backed by the Ballater butcher which supplies the royal family when they are visiting Balmoral.
Scores of cities across the world, including several in England, have adopted this approach in an effort to help their high streets flourish as local traders compete with giant international retail firms.
Also known as community currency, the scheme uses specially designed banknotes or coins that can only be spent within a certain locale as an alternative to the official, national currency.
“We need to do something eye-catching and different”
Although it is not legal tender, it is interchangeable with the British pound and treated as…