Spelling and grammatical problems riddled a local council’s effort at a Covid memorial eulogy, which was widely derided.
In only 35 words, the plaque from Swindon Borough Council contains at least six errors, including a needless period in the midst of a phrase, misplaced capital letters, and the usage of American English.
The plaque indicated the incorrect start date for the Covid epidemic, which was the most humiliating factual inaccuracy.
The inscription states “Covid Pandemic March 2019”, despite the fact that the first known cases of Covid-19 were found in China in late 2018 and the United Kingdom did not report a local case until February 2020. Not until March 2020 was the virus properly labeled a pandemic.
This week, a plaque honoring the altruism of frontline staff and volunteers was unveiled next to a newly planted tulip tree.
It stated, “This tree was erected by the municipality in recognition of Our Key Workers and Volunteers for their selflessness and dedication to the inhabitants and the vulnerable during the Covid Pandemic in March 2019.”
The poor execution of the gesture has eclipsed its good intentions.
On the plaque are needless capital letters, misplaced periods, misspelled words, and, to top it off, the incorrect date for the Covid epidemic.
While some people appreciated the humor in the plaque, Labour councillors demanded to know how so many apparent faults were ever included.
A spokesperson tweeted, “Surely someone reviewed it before to the ceremony?”
According to Councillor David Renard of the Swindon Borough Council, the plaque will be replaced.
He stated, “Thousands of important personnel and volunteers in Swindon have risked their lives and given their all to assist and serve others in our city.”
Swindon Borough Councillor David Renard informed The Telegraph that the plaque will be replaced.
“I extend my deepest apologies to all the crucial workers and volunteers whose names were misspelled on the plaque.
As soon as it was discovered prior to the ceremony, a replacement was requested; however, it could not be produced in time for the event, and the dedication could not be delayed.
Meanwhile, Swindon Labour leader Coun Jim Robbins told the Swindon Advertiser that his team ‘hopes the council’s carelessness does not detract from the effort to recognize the hard work of essential personnel and volunteers during the epidemic.’
“We are glad that the tree has been planted, but we are quite sorry to find the errors on the plaque and wish that the council leader, who was ordered by the motion to manufacture the plaque, had checked it with more care,” he said.
This Monday, a plaque was unveiled next to a newly planted tulip tree as a monument to the selflessness of frontline employees and volunteers.