A BARBARY macaque expert and the authors of a series of historical fiction novels have won individual Gibraltar Heritage Trust awards.

gibraltar-heritage-awardsPrimatologist Brian Gomila, 37, who educates and entertains through his Monkey Talk outings, described the prize as ‘truly an honour’.

Dr Sam Benady and Mary Chiappe were equally commended for bringing 18th century Gibraltar vividly to life in the Bresciano Mysteries.

Said Gomila: “This award is official recognition that the macaques are part of our heritage.

“While visitors undoubtedly enjoy their 20 minutes with them, it is us, the locals, who live alongside them and in some cases need to ‘put up’ with their antics.

“For over 13 years I have been trying to portray the macaques in their true light so we will slowly begin to appreciate them for the great asset they are.”

The Gibraltar Heritage Trust, an independent organisation partly subsidized by the government, presented the awards at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel.

The awards recognise outstanding sensitivity and contribution to Gibraltar’s heritage.

Three group  awards were also presented.

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