Friday, February 09, 2007

Man calls for statue honoring the Hartlepool Monkey

hartlepool monkey statueA Man is hoping to bring Hartlepool's most famous legend home to an ancient part of town.

Hartlepool resident representative John Cambridge says he would like to see a statue paying tribute to the Hartlepool Monkey on the Headland.

The famous monkey, which was said to be hanged by Headland fishermen in Napoleonic times who thought it was a French spy, is a world-renowned emblem of the town.

There is already a monkey monument which acts as a coin fountain at Hartlepool Marina, but Mr Cambridge says he wants the monkey to be "brought home to the Headland".

He added: "I've always wanted to see a statue of the monkey - it's our heritage.

"But a few people don't want it because they say it ridicules us Headlanders."

Mr Cambridge said he had not made any formal plans for the monkey, but it was something he would be looking into.

The 62-year-old former councillor, from Sea View Terrace, added that he wasn't sure of a specific Headland location for the tribute, but said: "We started fighting for an Andy Capp statue down here in 1999 and recently got it - that shows how long these things can take."

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