HMS Belfast played a key role during World War II, from the Normandy landings to action in Korea and was was later retired to a permanent mooring near City Hall on the River Thames, where it attracts over 250,000 visitors a year.
However, it has been airbrushed out of seven London 2012 Festival adverts in a campaign running on billboard sites across the capital following last week’s launch.
“HMS Belfast was unfortunately excluded from one of the seven adverts for the London 2012 Festival,” said a spokesman for organising committee Locog.
“We are very sorry about this â€“ it was a simple mistake in the advertising production process, and we apologise if this mistake has caused offence.
“The mistake has been rectified and posters without HMS Belfast are being removed.”
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