Colston cut out of Commemoration Day service

October 27 2017

Colston’s Girls’ School, named in honour of slave trader Edward Colston, has removed all mention of him in the annual service in his honour.

Colston’s Girls’ School, named in honour of slave trader Edward Colston, has removed all mention of him in the annual service in his honour.

Instead, the Commemoration Day service, due to take place at Bristol Cathedral on November 3, will raise awareness of slavery. 

The school issued a statement which said: “Over the last year the senior leadership and governors at CGS have worked to make the Commemoration service more inclusive and relevant to the students. After consultation with students from all year groups we have decided to remove all reference to Edward Colston from the service and we will no longer be asking the students to wear a chrysanthemum in his memory.”

“By choosing to focus on the victims of slavery for Commemoration 2017 we are reflecting the values and moral values of the wonderfully diverse body of the students currently at CGS.”