When I was young, growing up in Hartlepool, I thought Andy Capp was just a comic strip in the local paper. I now know different but still, I'm often surprised by how popular the character is in other countries. For example, it's strange to see Andy Capp being (mis-?) used as a mascot-hero by football Ultras. Here's an article from The Hartlepool Mail from 2009 about a group of FC Nurnberg Ultras who made a pilgrimage to the Andy Capp statue in the town;
Christian said: "We landed in Birmingham and drove straight to Hartlepool in a hire car. We drove around in the town, and finally stopped in front of the statue. Bang – there he is! It was a great feeling."
Below are a few images from an Ultras internet forum.
(* the title of a 1969 collection)