‘Monkey Man’ Finds Love
Wednesday, 28th October 2015
There’s a wedding happening in north Wales – a wedding like no other – and we’re all invited! Samuel Peters is better known as the Kings Heath Monkey Man, but his eccentric entertainment no longer brightens our neighbouring suburb – he’s now the Llandudno Monkey Man since his move to the Welsh coastal town.
Many readers will remember sightings of Samuel, usually wearing a Roman centurion hat with red military jacket and pushing a cuddly monkey in a pram around Kings Heath.
Since his move to Wales he’s carried on spreading joy with monkey magic – and has also found a soul mate. Amanda Newman and Samuel will marry at the Holy Trinity Church on 29th August, just as this magazine goes to press. Amanda has joined him as part of the act, singing and dancing for locals and tourists in the seaside resort.
Samuel, who has suffered from mental health problems, adopted his cuddly monkey from a charity shop and, a bit like Tom Hanks’ character in the film Cast Away (who spoke to Wilson, the volleyball with a handprint-face), survived loneliness by talking to his silent but loyal friend.
Unlike Hanks’ character, Samuel wasn’t isolated on a desert island but in the city and this desperation drove him to visit his local police station for a chat, and he eventually took his monkey with him. The officers recognised Samuel’s great character and encouraged him to further monkey business – this created his colourful antics around Kings Heath. Samuel says the toy monkey saved his life. ‘Before the monkey, I didn’t really want to live. I had overdosed numerous times.’
Samuel and Amanda say that everyone is welcome on the day, as long as they can fit in the church, and expect it to be the biggest wedding that Llandudno has ever seen. There will be a special place for the friend that helped Samuel through the loneliness he endured in Birmingham; the couple hope that a page boy will push the monkey down the aisle in a pram. Samuel, 62, is remembered in the street art mural next to The Parade in Kings Heath.
With thanks to the Daily Post. Catch up with Samuel’s new life on the Llandudno Monkey Man Facebook page.