New SU bar to be named after Bristol icon Carmen Beckford MBE


By Eve Bentley-Hussey, SU Correspondent

Bristol SU have announced that a new campus bar will be named after the legendary Bristol figure, Carmen Beckford MBE, following a vote by Bristol University students.

The Beckford is due to open in Senate House in 2021 as part of the food court.

Carmen Beckford was a figurehead for race relations in Bristol, having moved from Jamaica to Bristol in 1965 at the age of 17.

Beckford was one of the founding organisers of St Paul’s carnival, Bristol’s annual African Caribbean carnival held on the first Saturday of July.

The trainee nurse was also Bristol’s first Community Development Officer at Bristol City Council 1978-1986

In 1982, Beckford made history by becoming the first Black woman in the South West to be awarded an MBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

She died in her Bristol home in May 2016, at the age of 87.

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