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Grand by name and Grand by nature, Best Western Grand Hotel stands proudly at the centre of the historic seaside town of Hartlepool, occupying the same focal spot where it has stood for generations.Best Western Grand and its 48 en-suite bedrooms have been returned to their former glory, with the addition of luxuries and extras to cater for even the most discerning modern-day guest.Anyone visiting the North East for business or leisure, will find Best Western Grand Hotel to be an attractive and convenient location in which to rest their head, with a whole host of attractions and facilities literally on the doorstep.
Hartlepool is famous for allegedly executing a monkey during the Napoleonic Wars.According to legend, fishermen from Hartlepool watched a French warship founder off the coast, and the only survivor was a monkey, which was dressed in French military uniform, presumably to amuse the officers on the ship. The unsophisticated fishermen assumed that this must be what Frenchmen looked like, and after a brief trial, summarily executed the monkey.
Monkey hanger" and Chimp Choker are common terms of (semi-friendly) abuse aimed at "Poolies", often from bitter footballing rivals Darlington. The mascot of Hartlepool United F.C. is H'Angus the monkey. The man in the monkey costume, Stuart Drummond, stood for the post of Mayor in 2002 as H'angus the monkey, and campaigned on a platform which included free bananas for schoolchildren. To widespread surprise, he won, becoming the first directly-elected Mayor of Hartlepool, winning 7,400 votes with a 52% share of the vote and a turnout of 30%. He was re-elected by a landslide in 2005, winning 16,912 on a turnout of 51% – 10,000 votes more than his nearest rival, the Labour Party candidate.
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