Last week there was a monkey loose on the highways and byways of Yorkshire.
He was sighted in the centres of York, Wetherby and Harrogate and along the rivers Ouse and Wharfe.
In York he stole fudge from the Shambles and confronted a Viking at Jorvik before roaming off to meet his distant cousins the lemurs at Askham Bryan Wildlife Park.
In Wetherby he toured the town, was treated to tea and cakes by the owners of The Cottage Coffee Shop, and told his story to children at Crossley Street Primary School and St Mary’s Primary School, Boston Spa.
The three-day Monkey Boy walk was organised by Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club to raise awareness of their next Kids Aloud Concert in Harrogate’s Royal Hall on 29 and 30 March next year.
Some 500 young people, most aged between seven and 13, from 15 schools in Yorkshire and Nepal will come together over the two nights to tell Monkey Boy’s story in words and music that they will have written themselves.
The club has raised £36,000 towards the project and has just launched a crowd funding campaign to bring in sufficient money to bring over a choir of 40 children from Nepal for the concerts.
Club president Howard Rayner said: “Since 2009 we have been arranging and promoting biennial charity concerts called Kids Aloud.
“These provide children from local primary schools with the opportunity to perform to a packed audience in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Hall, Harrogate, and to help raise money for International causes.”
Guy Wilson, who is once more involved, has re-written the Nepali story.
He said: “The 2019 Kids Aloud concert is by far our most ambitious yet.
“It is bringing two cultures together and giving children from some very remote rural schools in Nepal the experience of their young lives.”
Visit www.rotaryharrogatebrigantes.org.uk for more information.