Bristol pub named after Edward Colston becomes Pubby McDrunkface

The Colston Arms in Bristol has been temporarily renamed Ye Olde Pubby McDrunkface Credit: ITV News West Country

A pub named after slave trader Edward Colston has given itself a hilarious new name.

The Colston Arms in Bristol has temporarily renamed itself Ye Olde Pubby McDrunkface, which it has proudly displayed on a new banner outside its entrance in St Michael’s Hill.

The name is a reference to Boaty McBoatface, which was the winner of an internet poll in 2016 to rename a British research boat.

The entrance to the new-look pub in St Michael's Hill, Bristol. Credit: ITV News West Country

It comes after Colston’s statue was pulled down and thrown in the city’s harbour during a Black Lives Matter protest at the beginning of June.

Landlord Paul Frost says he wants to spark a discussion regarding the pub’s name, and is inviting people to submit their suggestions.

The sign, designed by pub manager Josh Louis, was put up on 29 June, and has raised plenty of smiles among both passers-by and people on social media.

Watch: What do passers-by make of Ye Olde Pubby McDrunkface?

The sign reads: "The Clearly Temporarily Named Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface. Suggestions welcome (obviously)."

It is accompanied by an A-board on the pavement outside the pub which states: "We are listening. Black Lives Matter."

A number of Colston references around Bristol have been removed since the statue of was pulled down on 7 June, most notably the lettering from Colston Tower and Colston Hall.

As well as the small matter of coming up with a new name, The Colston Arms will be reopening for sit-in customers on 4 July for the first time in three months.

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