Red faces after blue plaque blunder

The plaque, recently erected by Brighton and Hove City Council

The plaque, recently erected by Brighton and Hove City Council

First published in News

A BLUE plaque has turned faces red after a celebrated singer was accidentally aged by 24 years.

Brighton and Hove City Council has said it is in the process of replacing a plaque commemorating the late singer Dame Clara Butt after getting her date of birth wrong.

The memorial was unveiled to |great fanfare two weeks ago at St Aubyns Mansions on Hove seafront, Dame Clara’s home between 1903 and 1906.

While her description as a recitalist and concert singer was correct her date of birth was given as 1848, rather than 1872.

The plaques were paid for by |the residents of St Aubyns Mansions with a contribution from the Brighton and Hove Commemorative Plaques Panel.

It will be up to them to foot the bill for the correction.

A council spokesman said: “Yes, we’re aware it’s wrong.

“The wrong date was included in the residents’ original submission |and slipped through the checking process.

“A new one is being made. Residents are paying for the original plaque and the correction.”

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