'Black Boy' pub in Essex renamed in wake of BLM protests
An Essex pub called The Black Boy is being renamed in the wake of the Black Lives Matter riots.
The village pub, in Thorpe Road, Weeley, is named after King Charles II.
It refers to the monarch’s nickname Black Boy, given to him by his mother, Henrietta Maria of France, due to his dark complexion and hair.
So-called 'anti-racism campaigners' called for all pubs called the Black Boy to be renamed claiming it had racist connotations.
The Black Boy in Weeley made the decision after its namesake in Sevenoaks, Kent, agreed to change it's name to The Restoration to reflect the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 with Charles II as king following the end of Oliver Cromwell’s republican Commonwealth.
The Weeley pub will be renamed The Cavalier in a connection with the Royalist forces who fought the Parlimentarian Roundheads during the English Civil War.
In a statement, the Weeley pub said: “We are committed to equality and diversity in every area of our business, and strive to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all our customers to enjoy.
“With this in mind, we have decided to seek consent from relevant authorities to change the name of the pub to The Cavalier.
“It was not a decision taken lightly, but we recognise that its current name is potentially not welcoming for all customers, and feel that it is the right thing to do.
“The Black Boy referred to King Charles II so we’re keeping the historical link with The Cavalier.”
However, disapproving customers took to the pub’s Facebook page to comment:
“If it refers to King Charles II, what’s the problem?
“It is a sad day when the local pub has to change its name - it hasn’t stopped people going there for all these years.”