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Bristol school named after slave trader is removing references to him from annual service

Photo: ITV West Country

A Bristol school named after a slave trader is removing any reference to him from its annual service of commemoration.

Colston Girls School has confirmed it will instead acknowledge "the damage done by slavery" at the service.

The school has confirmed the tradition of pupils wearing one of Edward Colston's favourite flowers - a chrysanthemum - will also be abandoned.

The change was confirmed in a message to former pupils from the PA to principal John Whitehead.

The Colston Hall announced in April it had decided to change its name. Credit: ITV West Country

Bristol's Colston Hall announced earlier in the year it had decided to change its name.

Bristol Music Trust said in April "The name Colston does not reflect the Trust’s values as a progressive, forward-thinking and open arts organisation."