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Nick Eagleton, of the branding agency Saboteur,which led the public engagement exercise, said: “We had to plunge into the heart and soul of Bristol and we did that with a huge collaborative group that spanned the whole community, from schoolchildren to the mayor. It was a joy, because Bristolians don’t hold back – if they’ve got something to say, they say it.”

You’ve changed the name of a theatre from Colston Hall to Bristol Beacon. Not created world peace.

31 thoughts on “Shoot this person”

  1. could have been worse. I’m sure a lot of peeps were trying to name it chico mendes or something but that was shelved because “Bristolians don’t hold back”

  2. “Bristolians don’t hold back – if they’ve got something to say, they say it.”

    Probably said something like “fuck off, it’s the Colston Hall and whatever you call it we’ll carry on calling it that”

    But weren’t listened to.

    I saw Judie Tzuke there. And Duran Duran just before they became big – they were supporting Toyah Wilcox.

  3. @Jonathan. Well, it does, doesn’t it?

    “…the process of renaming the hall began three years before, in April 2017…”

    Three years. Three years!!

    “At a renaming event on Wednesday, Louise Mitchell, the chief executive of the Bristol Music Trust, said the renaming process had been a “rough ride” at times, with some people claiming the venue was seeking to “erase and censor” history. But she said the new name needed to be for everybody.

    Rees said it was an “incredible” day. “In this naming process we have the renewal of the soul of the building,” he said. “

    We’re going backwards. Rapidly.

  4. So a huge and expensive exercise was conducted. But
    “The venue has hosted music legends including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix but many ordinary Bristolians have never set foot inside because of the name.”
    Many Bristolians never set foot inside because they didn’t go to concerts, and before this blew up knew nothing about Colston.

  5. “we did that with a huge collaborative group that spanned the whole community, from schoolchildren to the mayor. ”

    One suspects the span between schoolchildren & the mayor was a very long one with very few people underneath it.

  6. “many ordinary Bristolians have never set foot inside because of the name”

    I doubt that anyone claiming they never set foot inside because of the name is an “ordinary Bristolian”

  7. many ordinary Bristolians have never set foot inside because of the name

    An outright lie.

    The name didn’t seem to bother performers such as Bob Marley, BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Kelly Rowland and Alexandra Burke. But perhaps they are ‘Uncle Toms’?

  8. The venue has hosted music legends including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix but many ordinary Bristolians have never set foot inside because of the name.

    “Well, ordinarily I’d jump at the chance to see Jimi Hendrix play in a local venue. But I simply cannot step foot inside Colston Hall.”

    Said no-one. Ever.

  9. I wonder how many people went to the Colston Hall knew it why it was called that? Our local venue for stuff was Ally Pally. Who was Alexandra? Not one of the queens. Those were Two Elizabeths, a Victoria (named after the station) & Boudicia. Why did she need a palace in Muswell Hill when they already had Buck House? These aren’t things people think about. It’s called Colston Hall because it’s Colston Hall. What else would you call it? Something they’re going to rapidly find out.

  10. @ Diogenes
    Also Matilda (even if some people called her “Empress”, she was only Queen of England which didn’t have an Empire)

  11. bloke in spain said:
    “Who was Alexandra? Not one of the queens. Those were Two Elizabeths, a Victoria (named after the station) & Boudicia”

    Plus two Mary’s (daughters of Henry VIII and James II), and Anne (also daughter of James II).

    And then there’s the ones who lost – Matilda and Jane.

  12. john77 said:
    “Also Matilda (even if some people called her “Empress”, she was only Queen of England which didn’t have an Empire)”

    She was Empress of the Holy Roman Empire (through her husband), as well as and separate to her claim to be Queen of England through her father. Quite a woman.

  13. “Mr Nerd, and don’t forget the Mary in there. BiS must have had that fatal extra glass of beer today”
    Nah. She was a Jockess. Doesn’t count. Everyone knows that.

  14. From wiki, “Mary of Teck (Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes; 26 May 1867 – 24 March 1953) was Queen consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions from the accession of her husband, King George V, in 1910 until his death in 1936”

    I wasn’t thinking farther back than Queen Vic. And, in any case, don’t mix up Mary Stuart with Elizabeth’s older sister

  15. Where is the Bristol Beacon? Why it’s on Colston Street, just across the road from Colston Tower. Follow the massive fucking neon letters 200 feet up in the sky that say “COLSTON TOWER” and you can’t miss it.

  16. bloke in spain said:
    “Nah. She was a Jockess. Doesn’t count. Everyone knows that”

    The first Queen Mary was Welsh. Not sure that’s any better though.

  17. People will probably still be calling it Colston Hall in 20 years’ time, unless saying the word is a criminal offence by then. I did something about Bangalore a little while back. The client was keen that is should appear as Bengaluru, as that is the official name, nevertheless no-one working for the client referred to the city as anything other than Bangalore.

  18. It’s a shame, in my opinion, the place wasn’t called ‘Bristol City Beacon’. Just think of the fun you could have with that.

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