2016. The Burke sisters revisit the re-opened Hastings Pier with their own Monkey

The Burke sisters have fond memories of the monkeys on Hastings Pier. In the 1960s, being photographed with a monkey was a popular pastime on the Pier. One large and troublesome woolly monkey was called Oaf. He once escaped and caused havoc in the arcades until caught by his owner, who had been rushed there by the police. When he arrived, Oaf lolloped up to him, jumped on his shoulders, and did the full Tarzan for the stunned crowd of onlookers.
The Burke sisters have fond memories of the monkeys on Hastings Pier. In the 1960s, being photographed with a monkey was a popular pastime on the Pier. One large and troublesome woolly monkey was called Oaf. He once escaped and caused havoc in the arcades until caught by his owner, who had been rushed there by the police. When he arrived, Oaf lolloped up to him, jumped on his shoulders, and did the full Tarzan for the stunned crowd of onlookers.

Hastings Pier reopened in May 2016, after the Heritage Lottery Fund funded more than two years’ extensive rebuilding of the crumbling substructure. People with fond memories of the Pier were able to visit all of the Pier again, for the first time since 2006.

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  • Fantastic picture! Thank you for submitting it.

    By Beatrice Rapley (07/09/2016)

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