Llandudno Monkey Man
One of Llandudno’s most recognisable residents is marrying his “soulmate”, and wants the whole town and his fans from across the world to join in the celebrations. Since “adopting” his monkey from a charity shop six years ago, Samuel Peters - also famously known as the Monkey Man - has toured the country with his cuddly toy, dancing all the while. Recently, his fiancee Amanda Newman has joined him as part of the act, dancing with him and singing hit songs from musicals. They don’t receive money for their act. Samuel, who has suffered from a variety of health problems for a number of years and is bipolar, has tried to take his own life numerous times but says his toy monkey saved his life. “I have no idea why, but I bought the monkey and just started to talk to him as I had nobody else to talk to at the time,” said Samuel, 62. “In Birmingham, where I’m from, I’d often go to my local police station just for a chat, and I started taking the monkey with me. “Instead of being laughed at, the police started encouraging me and the act started from there. Monkey Man routine has won him fans from all over the world.