Bristol anti Edward Colston campaigners call for Thatchers cider boycott

Countering Colston works to condemn the legacy of slave-trader Edward Colston whose statue was toppled by protesters in June 2020

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Anti-statue campaigners who say Edward Colston was a genocidal mass-murderer have started a campaign to persuade people to stop drinking Thatchers cider.

Countering Colston works to condemn the legacy of slave-trader Edward Colston whose statue was toppled by protesters in June 2020.

Their campaign “Don’t Buy Thatchers” was announced on social media and in a recent tweet the group said “Martin Thatcher, director of the company, is a member of the Society of the Merchant Venturers.

“The SMV has deep roots in the historical slave trade in Bristol, and its members were responsible for the suffering and death of tens of thousands of human beings.

“They are a powerful unelected elite who have significant influence on political and civic life in Bristol.”

Martin Thatcher has been a member of the private members club, in which Edward Colston himself was part of, since 2012.

He told Bristol24/7 that he is a “relative newcomer” to the society.

Mr Thatcher says he wants to bring “fresh perspective” to the organisation, particularly in how it engages with its history.