Swindon Borough Council sorry over 'poorly executed', error-riddled COVID tribute plaque

A council has been criticised for an error-strewn plaque that was supposed to pay tribute to key workers during the COVID pandemic.

The sign was installed on Monday at Coate Water, Swindon, next to a tulip tree to mark the "selflessness and dedication" of those who worked during the pandemic.

It read: "This tree has been planted in appreciation of Our Key Workers and Volunteers by the borough. to honor Their Selflessness and Dedication given to the residents and the vulnerable During the Covid Pandemic March 2019."

But the wording on the Swindon Borough Council plaque included a spelling mistake, errant capital letters, and a full stop in the wrong place.

It also had the wrong date for the pandemic - a year before it was recognised in the UK.

After the gaffes were spotted, Labour parish councillor for Eldene in East Swindon Mike Davies tweeted: "Nice idea by Swindon Council, but very poorly executed.

"Random capitalisation, American spelling and mistakes…"

A spokesman for Swindon Borough Council told the Swindon Advertiser: "We have removed the plaque and a new one will be installed as soon as possible."