Extra: Bishop Michael Hill, “Edward Colston’s involvement in slave trade just ‘speculation'”

Bristol Cathedral West Front

With Bishop of Bristol the Right Reverend Michael Hill

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At today’s Merchant Venturers’ Charter Day Service in Bristol Cathedral the Bishop of Bristol The Right Reverend Michael Hill made the extraordinary statement to hundreds of schoolchildren in his sermon that rumours Bristol born seventeenth and eighteenth century merchant and MP Edward Colston made money from the slave trade are just ‘speculation’.

It is not known how much the former slave trading Society of Merchant Venturers pay for the exclusive hire of Bristol Cathedral every year for their November Charter Day service which brings together pupils of Colston Boys’ School, Colston Girls’ School and the new Merchants’ Academy in Withywood, but the sum is believed to be considerable.

The comments about Edward Colston’s involvement with the slave trade being ‘speculation’ start here.

Credits: Controversial comments begin 28 seconds in:

“And I think of Edward Colston.
I think he was a man who lived a life of significance, and I’ve found there may be still some speculation however, on some of the circumstances around his business roots right here. It is speculation. “

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