Here's how long you have left to spend your old £10 notes

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Britons in possession of the old note will need to spend it or deposit it before that date as it ceases to be legal tender from 2 March.

If you still have the old tenner past this date the Bank of England, in the City of London, will swap your out-of-date paper for a crisp, new plastic £10 note featuring author Jane Austin.

After the March deadline the old notes will only be able to be exchanged at the Bank of England.

In August, the Bank of England confessed that it would continue with the use of tallow in future banknotes, the spokesperson noted that Bank "has not taken this decision lightly".

Around 55% of the £10 notes in circulation are made from polymer, while 359 million are paper.

The new £10, which features author Jane Austen as a picture, follows the introduction of the new £5 in September 2016, while a new polymer £20 note is due for introduction in 2020.

However, the new notes have drawn criticism from vegans and religious groups across England and Wales for containing traces of tallow, an animal by-product of beef or mutton fat.

They also have an inscription in raised dots that helps blind and partially-sighted users to identify them.

Now the new plastic £10 note has been jettisoned into circulation the old tenner is to be withdrawn.

The old style £5 note went out of circulation in May, and the old round pound coin has now been replaced with the new 12-sided version.

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