I READ with interest and sympathy John Lichfield's article, until the description of the so-called "Whitby Incident". The event had nothing to do with Whitby. It took place at Hartlepool, and the animal hanged by the locals was a monkey, not a chimpanzee. Even to this day some people are a bit sensitive about the incident, though there used to be a pub called the Hartlepool Monkey.
Cottinham, East Yorkshire