For many years, the Royal
Bank of Scotland has removed old bank notes from circulation and
burnt them in a furnace, latterly in a top floor room at St Andrew
Square, once a week.
This practice stopped in
the early 1990s as the smoke from the burning did not comply with
Edinburgh's clean air legislation. On the occasion that the
photograph above was taken, £1 million of old notes was being burnt.
I was invited back to the
bank some months later to witness the 'Final Burning'. A
number of invited guests were present for the occasion. They were
given 'Final Burning' tee-shirts, each bearing a large picture of
burning notes made from the photograph above.