Pub Named After Slave Trader Edward Colston Renamed Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface
A pub that was named after slave trader Edward Colston has been temporarily renamed Ye Olde Pubby McDrunkface.
The Colston Arms in Bristol is asking for suggestions for its new name in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, after the pub's namesake had his statue toppled by anti-racism protesters.
Landlord Paul Frost has said that the temporary name is a nod to Boaty McBoatface - the name picked when the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) invited the public to suggest one for a new polar research ship in 2016.
Speaking to Bristol Live, Mr Frost said: "The name we went for is a nod to Boaty McBoatface. I wanted to go simply with Pubby McPubface but my manager Josh suggested Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface, which is much better."
Protesters at the Black Lives Matter gathering in Bristol tore down a statue of 17th Century slave trader Edward Colston at the start of June.
The protesters attached ropes to the statue and pulled it from its plinth to cheers from the crowd.
Once the statue was down, people began jumping and stamping on the monument, which has stood in the city since 1895.
The statue was then thrown into the harbour.
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Activists have been gathering in Bristol, as in many other cities in the world, to protest against the death of George Floyd while he was in police custody in Minneapolis.
Some of the protesters knelt on the neck of the statue, mimicking Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with second degree murder and manslaughter following Floyd's death.
The statue has been a controversial topic in Bristol for some time, with many people believing that it should be removed.
Ships owned by Colston carried tens of thousands of people from Africa to the Americas during the era of the slave trade.
A petition asking for the removal of the statue gathered more than 11,000 signatures in the aftermath of Floyd's death.
The protesters in Bristol gathered at College Green in order to march through the city to Castle Park as part of a series of scheduled protests around the UK in order to express support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
In 2017, it was announced that Colston Hall - a music venue that also bore the name of the slave trader - would be renamed ahead of the events space reopening in 2020.
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