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Outrage vs pride: Bristol reacts to Colston Hall name change

Colston Hall will be known by a different name from 2020. Photo: ITV West Country

In 2020 the Colston Hall will have a new name. No longer will it carry connotations of Edward Colston and as a result echoes of the slave trade.

Today the Chief Executive of the trust that runs the performance space explained the rationale behind the board's unanimous decision.

And on the street outside the controversial building, people agreed the name change was a move in the right direction.

Local politicians have also spoken about today's announcement. Cllr Richard Eddy, is a long-standing critic of the move and says he'll boycott the venue if the name change goes ahead.

This disgraceful craven announcement by the Bristol Music Trust represents nothing less than an abject betrayal of the history and people of Bristol.

It is a complete surrender to the forces of historically-illiterate Political Correctness.

However, this pathetic capitulation will at least save me money.

As a regular concert-goer to the Colston Hall, I do not intend to spend one penny on tickets there if it changes its name after 2020 and hope other true Bristolians will do likewise.

– Cllr Richard Eddy

Meanwhile on social media, opinion was divided still. Award-winning TV producer and author David Olusoga took to Twitter to speak of his pride in the decision.

But on Facebook, fellow Bristolians were outraged that building was having a name change.

I can understand the reasons to why the change of name but think it's a dangerous trend, the confederate flag has all but been banned in the States, what next? Ban the Union flag here, because it flew on the ships that transported the slaves. We need to stop dragging up the past and getting our knickers in a twist over something we have no control over

– Rick Driver

So sad and angry. Bristol has an amazing history, not all good admittedly, but nevertheless it has made the city the wonderful place it is today. If there is no reason to ask why something is named what it is, why is anyone going to care about the history? The soul of Bristol is slowly being eroded and before too long people just won't care and we shall have no reason to take pride in our city.

– Denise King

Changing a name does NOT change history. Bristol benefited greatly from trading, so, my question is what is going to happen to all the other benefits gained. Yet again P.C .gone too far.

– Marion Holland Flewitt

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