The engineer who helped found Ellesmere Port has been the unwitting participant of a banking scandal.
Thomas Telford, who designed the Ellesmere Canal to the Mersey, was among a shortlist of three historical figures who could appear on a new Royal Bank of Scotland £10 note.
However, a suspected vote rigging hours before the poll’s deadline has left the result of the contest unknown.
Images of Telford, physicist James Clerk Maxwell and science writer Mary Somerville were nominated to be on the polymer notes, set to be issued in the second half of 2017.
A decision was made following a public vote running until Sunday on the bank’s Facebook page.
Until Sunday afternoon, Telford was trailing a distant third in the online poll, with Mary Somerville leading the way.
Telford was known as the “Colossus of Roads”. During his time, he built more than 1,000 miles of road, designed bridges, harbours, canals still in use today, helping connect communities and boosting economic development.
The winning figure was Mary Somerville, whose work led to the discovery of the planet Neptune.
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