Sunday, July 3, 2011


Today we took the train to Hartlepool to go see some family. Hartlepool is famous for an embarassing mix up that supposedly took place during the Napoleonic Wars. A ship crashed off shore and the only survivor was a monkey, presumably kept on board to amuse the sailors. The people of Hartlepool had never seen a Frenchman before so they assumed the monkey was a French spy and they hung it on the beach. To this day, people from Hartlepool are known as monkey hangers.

Ricki posing for a picture with the first mayor of West Harltepool, William Gray

And in front of the art gallery which is a converted Victorian church

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