Council Removes Anzac Day Banners After Embarrassing Typo
A Sydney council has apologised for a "disrespectful" error on Anzac Day banners that was first noticed by local residents.
The City of Canada Bay council has blamed a "miscommunication" with printers for the "egregious error" that saw large banners emblazoned with the phrase 'Lest We Forgot', rather than 'Lest We Forget'.
Peter Gainsford, general manager for the council -- which takes in an area west of the Sydney CBD, including Concord, Drummoyne, Five Dock and Rhodes -- said the banners had been removed on Tuesday after the error was pointed out.
"I have today been made aware of banners that have been erected in our area containing an extremely unfortunate, and disrespectful, error. I am extremely disappointed and accept full responsibility," he said in a statement.
"I have been informed that the error was due to a miscommunication between Council staff and the printer of the banners."
"All of the banners were removed this morning within two hours of Council being notified."
Gainsford said he had apologised to local RSL branches for the mistake.
The error had been pointed out on local Facebook pages for the council area, with one person commenting "We love that you are recognising ANZAC day but your flags need to be corrected."
Stephanie Di Pasqua, a local councillor for Canada Bay, said she wanted to see the banners reprinted in time for Anzac Day on Thursday.
"It is incredibly disappointing to see that the banners featured incorrect spelling," she said in a statement.
"To our local veterans, I say on behalf of the community that you deserve better than this terrible oversight and we are very sorry for the disrespect and carelessness shown by the Council."
"I’m not sure how this error happened in the first place but I do know this can never happen again."