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Bristol Pub Named After Edward Colston Renamed 'Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface'
Former Colston Arms Pub asking for name suggestion on Facebook: "All suggestions welcome & encouraged. #theartistformallyknownas #blacklivesmatter #colstoninthdrink #pubbymcdrunkface"
Former Colston Arms Pub asking for name suggestion on Facebook: "All suggestions welcome & encouraged. #theartistformallyknownas #blacklivesmatter #colstoninthdrink #pubbymcdrunkface" Credit: Facebook: Colston Arms

A Colston Arms Pub in Bristol, named after slave trader Edward Colston with the Royal African Company, has temporarily rebranded as 'Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface'. The pub had previously placed a sign outside its doors that read "We are listening. Black Lives Matter."

"There hasn't been a lot of chatter about our name since the statue came down, but I thought we'd be inundated with suggestions. We thought we'd give the pub a temporary name to kick off some discussion about it and get the ball rolling," Paul Frost, Colston Arms' landlord, told Bristol Live. "Myself and pub owners Admiral Taverns are going to listen carefully to people's suggestions before settling on a new name," he added.

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Colston Hall, in Bristol, to change its name by fall
Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
Colston Hall, Bristol, UK Credit: Ben Mills

Colston Hall released a statement about the historic concert hall name change, that was announced in 2017, and expected to happen by fall 2020. The change reflects concerns over the association of Colston with the slave trade.

"Following the Black Lives Matter protests and the removal of the Edward Colston statue in #Bristol yesterday, we would like to reassert our commitment to changing the name of Colston Hall and give an update on the timescale for doing so.".

"The current name does not reflect our values as a progressive, forward-thinking and open arts organisation – we want it to be representative of the city, a beacon of its values of hope, diversity and inclusion." wrote the concert hall in a Twitter thread this Monday.

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BLM protesters in Bristol topple slave trader statue
Statue of Edward Colston being pushed into Bristol Harbour
Statue of Edward Colston being pushed into Bristol Harbour Credit: BBC (Reproduction)

Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol, England, pulled down the statue of Edward Colston and then rolled it into the city's harbour.

Colson, a slave trader that was on the board of the Royal African Company in the 17th century and his statue was erected in the centre of Bristol in 1895.