Wetherspoon bosses have confirmed The Black Boy pub in Wales will keep its name after far-left activists under the banner of the Black Lives Matter movement were demanding the name to be changed. 

They claimed the pub had ‘racist connotations’. 

The Black Boy in Newtown, Powys, has been around since the 17th century and was named after ‘chimney sweeps’ who would leave from local properties covered in dirt and would ‘blacken’ the sweepers skin. 

CC: Weatherspoon

A Wetherspoon spokesman said:  

“The pub in Newtown is called the Black Boy, which we believe is the historic name for a chimney sweep. There was a 17th century pub of this name on the same site.” 

A public vote on changing the name was conducted last year to see how the locals felt about the idea of the name being changed. The locals overwhelmingly voted for it to remain ‘The Black Boy’. 

The spokesman added:  

“To date, we haven’t received any complaints regarding the name, but will keep matters under review.” 

This grade II listed three-storey building has been around since the 17th-century and is a massive part of the surrounding areas history.

History should never be edited and replaced, we have to learn from both the good and the bad.

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