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Bristol Music Trust: why we're changing the name of Colston Hall

The Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust says the decision to change the name of Colston Hall was a "moral and not a financial" one.

Louise Mitchell said that a multimillion pound transformation of the venue is on track, and the time is now right to focus on detailed plans for the future - including what the name should be.

The name Colston does not reflect the Trust’s values as a progressive, forward-thinking and open arts organisation.

We want to look to the future and ensure the whole city is proud of its transformed concert hall and so, when we reopen the new building in 2020, it will be with a new name.

– Louise Mitchell, BMT

A new name has not been chosen yet, and the hall may be named after a sponsor of the venue.

"We will be consulting with audiences and other stakeholders during the closure period before announcing a new name in 2020.”

We want to use this as an opportunity to open discussions with the Bristol public about how Colston Hall can reflect the diversity and inclusivity of our city.

The Hall’s 150th anniversary this year is the perfect opportunity to begin these discussions.

– Marti Burgess, BMT trustee


Police hunt for wanted man in Bristol

Have you seen Wayne Hicks? Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are asking for the public’s help to find a wanted man.

Wayne Hicks, who is 34 and from Bristol, is wanted on a recall to prison after his licence was revoked.

He has links to the Hanham and south Bristol areas.

If you see Wayne Hicks don't approach him but call 999.

Seagull snaps up false teeth from bench in seaside town

Credit: Spotted Newton Abbot

They're better known for stealing chips, but this seagull had a large grin after he stole some false teeth from a bench in Devon.

The bird seemingly found the teeth abandoned in Torquay.

Unfortunately anyone missing them will need to contact the seagull as he flew away with them!

– Spotted Newton Abbot Facebook page
Credit: Spotted Newton Abbot
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