Council forced to apologise for 'disrespectful' Anzac banner error

A Sydney council has apologised after an embarrassing typo was made in banners designed to honour and recognise former servicemen and women for Anzac Day.

Banners erected on Majors Bay Road, in Sydney’s inner western suburb of Concord, were spotted stating Lest We Forgot, instead of Forget.

Eagle-eyed 2GB listener, Tony, who spotted the error on Tuesday described the mistake as “embarrassing”.

“Saw these banners in Concord today,” he told the radio station. “Who’s responsible? How embarrassing”.

The City of Canada Bay local council was reportedly unaware of the banners’ glaring typo until photos began circulating online.

In a statement to 2GB, the council’s general manager Peter Gainsford accepted full responsibility for the mishap and apologised profusely.

“I am extremely disappointed and accept full responsibility. All of the banners are currently being removed with urgency,” he said.

An eagle-eyed citizen noticed the embarrassing typo in Concord, in Sydney's inner west. Source: The Ray Hadley Show/2GB

“I have today been made aware of banners that have been erected in our area containing an extremely unfortunate, and disrespectful, error.

“I have been informed that the error was due to a miscommunication between Council staff and the printer of the banners.

“I have spoken to representatives of the Concord, Five Dock and Drummoyne RSL branches this morning and unreservedly apologised for any offence.

“I would like to apologise to our community, in particular to the members of our local RSL branches and to our veterans, for this egregious error.”

Yahoo News Australia has contacted City of Canada Bay council for comment.

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