MPs debate the commemoration of the centenary of the bombardment of the Hartlepools – 16 Dec, 2014

DOT

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Commemoration of the centenary of the bombardment of the Hartlepools– Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons Chamber

Due to take place on Tuesday 16 December in the House of Commons Chamber. It will be the last debate of the day and is due to take place after the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill and a motion on the Local Government Bill. We anticipate it will start no later than 7pm, but the exact start time will depend on earlier proceedings.

The debate is to be moved by Mr Iain Wright, MP for Hartlepool.

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The debate can be viewed on Parliament TV Player (Silverlight or Windows Media Player required to stream TV).

Transcripts of proceedings in the House of Commons are available three hours after they happen in Today’s Commons Debates.

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Can we have a service of remembrance for the monkey as well?

http://www.thisishartlepool.co.uk/history/thehartlepoolmonkey.asp
During the Napoleonic Wars a French ship was wrecked off the Hartlepool coast. There was a fear of a French invasion of Britain and much public concern about the possibility of French infiltrators and spies. The fishermen of Hartlepool fearing an invasion kept a close watch on the French vessel as it struggled against the storm but when the vessel was severely battered and sunk they turned their attention to the wreckage washed ashore. Among the wreckage lay one wet and sorrowful looking survivor, the ship’s pet monkey dressed to amuse in a military style uniform.

The fishermen apparently questioned the monkey and held a beach-based trial. Unfamiliar with what a Frenchman looked like they came to the conclusion that this monkey was a French spy and should be sentenced to death. The unfortunate creature was to die by hanging, with the mast of a fishing boat (a coble) providing a convenient gallows.

Truly an innocent victim....

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