Famous Watford shoe shop chimp set to retire

Charlie the Chimp in his prime

Charlie the Chimp in his prime

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The third generation of swinging monkey will be unveiled at Gordon Scott’s shoe shop in intu Watford.

A monkey has swung in high bars nestled among the window display at the shoe shop for 50 years and has brought a few minutes of delight to countless tired and frustrated children brought into Watford for a shopping trip.

Alfie the Ape was the first Gordon Scott monkey introduced to the shop in the 1960s. When he wore out he was replaced by Charlie the Chimp, but he too, is now going into retirement and a home at Watford Museum.

The third monkey to become king of the swingers has not yet been named but staff at the shoe shop are hoping customers can come up with something suitable. 

Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill will select her favourite name when she reads the nominations in the store at 11am on Saturday, August 16, and members of the public are invited along to vote too. 

If the monkey is given the name you vote for, you could win a family trip to Paradise Wildlife Park with a special feed the lemur experience. 

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2:20pm Wed 13 Aug 14

tuohy says...

WHY ?
WHY ? tuohy
  • Score: -4

2:32pm Wed 13 Aug 14

hazzaroman says...

This is one of the poorest written articles I have seen posted by The Observer. Whoever wrote this seems to lack an understanding of basic sentence structure and needs to proof read their work before posting it. It looks as if its been written on an iPhone and autocorrect has changed some of the words
This is one of the poorest written articles I have seen posted by The Observer. Whoever wrote this seems to lack an understanding of basic sentence structure and needs to proof read their work before posting it. It looks as if its been written on an iPhone and autocorrect has changed some of the words hazzaroman
  • Score: 21

2:39pm Wed 13 Aug 14

someguy123 says...

2nd paragraph 5th line: should be "delight" not "delighted"
6th paragraph 1st line: should be "monkey" not "money"

The sort of reporting is completely unjust to a monkey that's served 50 years behind the bar
2nd paragraph 5th line: should be "delight" not "delighted" 6th paragraph 1st line: should be "monkey" not "money" The sort of reporting is completely unjust to a monkey that's served 50 years behind the bar someguy123
  • Score: 33

2:44pm Wed 13 Aug 14

davidhornet says...

How long did the monkey with the typewriter spend typing this error strewn rubbish?
How long did the monkey with the typewriter spend typing this error strewn rubbish? davidhornet
  • Score: 29

3:21pm Wed 13 Aug 14

S/O man says...

What do you mean "unveiled" the new one has been up for a little while now.
What do you mean "unveiled" the new one has been up for a little while now. S/O man
  • Score: 2

4:33pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Andrew1963 says...

hazzaroman wrote:
This is one of the poorest written articles I have seen posted by The Observer. Whoever wrote this seems to lack an understanding of basic sentence structure and needs to proof read their work before posting it. It looks as if its been written on an iPhone and autocorrect has changed some of the words
You could complain to the Editorial Manger?
[quote][p][bold]hazzaroman[/bold] wrote: This is one of the poorest written articles I have seen posted by The Observer. Whoever wrote this seems to lack an understanding of basic sentence structure and needs to proof read their work before posting it. It looks as if its been written on an iPhone and autocorrect has changed some of the words[/p][/quote]You could complain to the Editorial Manger? Andrew1963
  • Score: 4

8:36pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Cuetip says...

someguy123 wrote:
2nd paragraph 5th line: should be "delight" not "delighted"
6th paragraph 1st line: should be "monkey" not "money"

The sort of reporting is completely unjust to a monkey that's served 50 years behind the bar
How about a testimonial? A banana would add to his appeal.
[quote][p][bold]someguy123[/bold] wrote: 2nd paragraph 5th line: should be "delight" not "delighted" 6th paragraph 1st line: should be "monkey" not "money" The sort of reporting is completely unjust to a monkey that's served 50 years behind the bar[/p][/quote]How about a testimonial? A banana would add to his appeal. Cuetip
  • Score: 3

9:37pm Wed 13 Aug 14

theturpster says...

Dorothy will select her favourite name.

Ladies and gentleman, put your hands together and give a warm welcome to: "sell-off-the-green-
land-to-property-dev
elopers" the monkey.
Dorothy will select her favourite name. Ladies and gentleman, put your hands together and give a warm welcome to: "sell-off-the-green- land-to-property-dev elopers" the monkey. theturpster
  • Score: 9

1:41am Thu 14 Aug 14

croxley46 says...

theturpster wrote:
Dorothy will select her favourite name.

Ladies and gentleman, put your hands together and give a warm welcome to: "sell-off-the-g
reen-
land-to-property-dev

elopers" the monkey.
Or, why not call the new one "Dotty", or even get her to swing on the trapeze herself - she likes a lot of attention!
[quote][p][bold]theturpster[/bold] wrote: Dorothy will select her favourite name. Ladies and gentleman, put your hands together and give a warm welcome to: "sell-off-the-g reen- land-to-property-dev elopers" the monkey.[/p][/quote]Or, why not call the new one "Dotty", or even get her to swing on the trapeze herself - she likes a lot of attention! croxley46
  • Score: 9

3:22am Thu 14 Aug 14

Henry VIII says...

They should call him Bassini the Baboon, he's always jumping through hoops and should certainly be behind bars. All he needs is a little red construction safety hat!
They should call him Bassini the Baboon, he's always jumping through hoops and should certainly be behind bars. All he needs is a little red construction safety hat! Henry VIII
  • Score: 13

1:31pm Thu 14 Aug 14

LSC says...

I don't quite understand this. Are they going to choose the display item after the name has been chosen? You can't call something a gorilla if it is clearly a chimpanze or baboon and vice versa.
I don't quite understand this. Are they going to choose the display item after the name has been chosen? You can't call something a gorilla if it is clearly a chimpanze or baboon and vice versa. LSC
  • Score: 4

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