Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Who Hung the Monkey. The Hartlepool Legend Lives On (Now Illustrated!)

"Monkey hanger" is an affectionate term by which Hartlepudlians are often know

According to local folklore, during the Napoleonic wars, a French ship of the type chasse marée (literally, tide-chaser) was wrecked off the coast of Hartlepool. The only survivor was a monkey, wearing a French uniform (presumably to provide amusement for those onboard the ship). On finding the monkey, some locals decided to hold an impromptu trial on the beach; since the monkey was unable to answer their questions, and many locals were unaware of what a Frenchman may look like, they concluded that the monkey was in fact a French spy. Just to make sure, the animal was thus sentenced to death and hanged from the mast of a fishing boat on the Headland. Nowadays, many Hartlepudlians have positively embraced the term, and only a small minority still consider the term 'Monkey Hanger' offensive. It is often used to refer to supporters of Hartlepool United Football Club by supporters of their arch rivals Darlington.




It is said that King Kong once came to Hartlepool bellowing "I've come for m' boy...!"

1 comment:

Barry Wood said...

The story about the people of Hartlepool hanging the monkey is untrue----------They bred from it

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