Quirky look at evolution

English Martyrs School and Sixth Form students Jonathon Leonard and Chelsea Robinson with their Evolution creation

English Martyrs School and Sixth Form students Jonathon Leonard and Chelsea Robinson with their Evolution creation

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TWO of Hartlepool’s most infamous characters have been immortalised in a striking design created by enterprising students.

A talented team of business studies students from English Martyrs Sixth College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, came up with this tongue-in-cheek version of Charles Darwin’s evolution theory image.

It features arguably Hartlepool’s two most infamous characters – back-from-the-dead canoeist John Darwin, who was freed from prison last week after he faked his own death in a £250,000 insurance scam and the monkey legend.

Traditionally, Charles Darwin’s image has featured various stages of man, emerging from the ape, to neanderthal man, to man.

But the students’ interesting take on evolution shows the Hartlepool monkey-hanging legend beneath the gallows, neanderthal man and the final ‘upright man’ is seen carrying a canoe.

The image was designed as part of a challenge to re-brand Hartlepool.

It was incorporated into a poster featuring the slogan Hartlepool. it’s evolved!.

Students Jonathon Leonard and Chelsea Robinson came up with the poster.

Jonathon said: “We were just trying to think of something that might make people smile, and to acknowledge the monkey legend and John Darwin issue in a tongue-in-cheek way.”

David Riddle, assistant head of sixth form, said: “This particular group decided to embrace the quirky stories that have made the town famous, rather than be embarrassed about them.

“We were talking about the town evolving and the different things that people know about Hartlepool, such as the monkey legend and Darwin and the idea emerged from there.

“I think it’s brilliant, it’s really clever and shows that we can take a joke at our own expense.”

The picture is now being used at the college to showcase its new graphic design A-level course which has been up and running for a year and has proved to be a big success with the students.