Hall is not known glob­ally

Bristol Post - - LETTERS & OPINION -

✒ THE gen­tle­man who made the point that chang­ing the name of the Col­ston Hall would not have the ef­fect of rewrit­ing or air­brush­ing his­tory, went on to point out that St Peters­burg, Rhode­sia or Burma have not suf­fered, and that we all know the his­tory of these name changes

He then goes on to con­clude with “So , I can’t see why re­nam­ing a medium-sized pub­lic build­ing in Bris­tol would have that out­come”.

Hasn’t he just un­wit­tingly made the point why we must not change the name?

The Col­ston Hall isn’t known glob­ally. It’s not a large city or a coun­try, but what it is, is very dear to most of the peo­ple of Bris­tol, warts and all. It’s in our his­tory as Bris­to­lians.

I can re­mem­ber go­ing to see the Bea­tles there and many other shows.

That part in his­tory could dis­ap­pear if the name changes as the gen­er­a­tions grad­u­ally die out.

No­body is prais­ing or glo­ri­fy­ing Ed­ward Col­ston for his part in the slave trade, even though he was also a great bene­fac­tor to Bris­tol in other ways. For the peo­ple who suf­fered dur­ing those times, the name should stay. We should re­mem­ber and be bet­ter peo­ple to­day be­cause of it.



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