A Darth Vader figurine has appeared on the empty Edward Colston plinth overnight.
Star Wars actor Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader and was born in Bristol, died on Sunday (November 29) following a short illness.
Since then, tributes have been pouring in to the Bristolian – who played Darth Vader in the first three Star Wars films.
A leading street artist in the city created a huge tribute to him – with the artist saying “Bristol has lost a son”.
A petition was also set up asking for a statue of the Southmead-born actor – who started his career as a weightlifter, bodybuilder and bouncer before heading off to London for a career as an actor – to be placed on the Colston plinth and has attracted more than 450 signatures so far.
And now a Darth Vader figurine has appeared overnight on the plinth, with its left arm raised and the palm open.
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It isn’t clear yet who is responsible for this or whether the 1ft figurine has been placed there with permission.
Bristol City Council has been contacted for more information.
It is not the first time figures have been placed on the empty plinth of the slave trader since it was torn down, dragged a third of a mile and thrown into the harbour in the summer.
The toppling of the statue of Edward Colston in the centre of Bristol on June 7, 2020 was seen around the world.
Colston’s statue has since been retrieved from the bottom of Bristol Harbour and is being restored ahead of proposed plans to put it in a museum.