A French author and illustrator said “Salut” to the Hartlepool public when they arrived to promote their book about the legendary Hartlepool monkey.
Wilfrid Lupano, writer of Le Singe de Hartlepool – translated as The Monkey of Hartlepool – and the book’s illustrator Jeremie Moreau were in town to meet the real-life “Monkey Hangers”.
The pair were at WHSmith, in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, and then at Hartlepool Central Library to sign copies of the award-winning book.
Then it was over to Krimo’s eaterie at Hartlepool Marina where Wilfrid and Jeremie met entrepreneur Krimo Bouabda, who featured in the Mail earlier this year after being presented with the book as a 60th birthday gift by Frenchman and former town-based chef and restaurateur Didier DeVille.
The book is based on the story of how the people of Hartlepool hung a monkey believed to be a French spy during the Napoleonic Wars.
Wilfrid told the Mail the story is largely unknown in France and he came across the tale while in an English pub after warding off insults from a man who had had too many beers and told him how ignorant the “Frogs” were. Wilfrid’s English friend diffused the situation by saying Wilfrid was Swiss, but it inspired him to research and write about extreme nationalist behaviours.