The town famous in the United Kingdom for being the place where they hanged a monkey* during the Naploeonic wars, thinking it was a French spy who had washed up on England’s shores.
They also elected a man in a monkey suit (“H’Angus the Monkey”), the mascot of the local football team, as mayor https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/nov/19/in-praise-of-hangus-the-monkey-editorial(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Drummond) after he stood for office as a joke protest against all of the political infighting in local government. (Ironically – he ended doing a pretty good job!)
Hartlepool also have a rugby team (Hartlepool Rovers) who are affectionately known as the “Monkeyhangers”
To be fair (though who would want to be in the face of such an opportunity to make fun of an entire town ;-D) if a monkey was hanged, it could have been more to do with the laws of salvage – which stated that a vessel could be considered salvage, and stripped of all valuable goods by the finder -only if there was no living soul aboard it-. Perhaps the good folks pf Hartlepool felt that something as human-looking as a monkey might have a soul, and so decided to send it to its maker.
Hartlepool is now proud of this incident in its history – but doesn’t like non-Hartlepudlians jesting about it. It is a family joke only.
*Though many visitors to that historic town leave convinced that they didn’t hang it – they bred from it. Probably it made a change from sleeping with a close relative in order to replenish the population. There are worse places in the UK (Redcar stands out like a grubby beacon), but Hartlepool would not make the top 10 places you’d want to visit. Or even top 1,000, despite the charm of its simian population.
November 01, 2017