martin grant wrote:Yup, welcome to the forums Monkey Hanger. Hopefully you can find the time to spend here, read a bit and share your whisky thoughts.
Apologies for being a little slow, however. Why is 'Monkey Hanger' such a great name for a Hartlepool lad? (Sorry, but I'm just guessing you're a lad. Please feel free to give me a swearing if I'm wrong)
The story goes like this:-
Diring the Napoleonic wars, a French warship got washed up on the Hartlepool coast. The only survivor was the ship's mascot - a monkey dressed in a french sailor suit. Back then Hartlepool wasn't (and compared to most towns or cities still isn't!!!) very cosmopolitan. As a result no-one in the town had seen a Frenchman before. Since this strange little chap couldn't speak englsh, it was assumed he must be French. Consequently, he was tried before the town court, found guilty of spying, and sentenced to death by hanging.
Many outsiders have tried to poke fun at us Hartlepuddlians by shouting 'Who hung the monkey?'
The usual response is 'Why? Have you lost your father?!!'