Hall is not known globally
✒ 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.