A council has apologised for unveiling an error-laden plaque dedicated to the heroes of the pandemic.
Swindon borough council planted a tulip tree in honour of their volunteer residents who helped vaccinate their residents.
They tweeted: “The tree was planted in honour of the 690 volunteers who worked, and continue to work, tirelessly @steam_museum in support of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. We’d like to say a massive thank you to them for all that they do.”
— Mike Davies (@SannSwindon) November 8, 2022
But Labour parish councillor Mike Davies noticed some problems with the spelling and punctuation on the plaque days after it was unveiled.
The wording on the 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 , marking it on March 2019, months before the first cases were reported in Wuhan, China and a year before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global pandemic.
Mr Davies tweeted: “Nice idea by Swindon Council, but very poorly executed.
“Random capitalisation, American spelling and mistakes…”
From the gates of Buckingham Palace to Coate Water Country Park, a special tree has now found a new home in Swindon.🌳
A planting ceremony took place today, Councillor Abdul Amin, the Mayor of Swindon, @CllrDavidRenard and @WiltsLieutenant were among those who attended. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/3xjuZlSVKi
— Swindon Borough Council (@SwindonCouncil) November 7, 2022
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.”