On board the Wash Monster

Jimmy Cricket at the bow of the Wash Monster with all the children who had gone on the same voyage
Jimmy Cricket at the bow of the Wash Monster with all the children who had gone on the same voyage

Famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket was invited to take a sailing trip on the legendary Wash Monster during his summer season in the Norfolk resort of Hunstanton.

The Wash Monster is an amphibious vessel used for sea trips around the wash off the town’s coastline.

These journeys are operated by local businessmen William Searle and his company Searles Sea Tours.

The vessel was built by the US armed forces for their campaign in Vietnam in the 1970s and was bought by William Searle because it is ideal for the coastal terrain along the Hunstanton coastline.

When the tide is out, there are whole swathes of beach to be negotiated before a boat can get afloat, so such a vessel that is comfortable on land and sea is ideal to use as a cruise liner at this seaside resort.

Jimmy was invited to join the Wash Monster on one of its voyages while he was in the resort for his summer season.

He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A big thanks to William himself for arranging this trip for me and the family – and for continuing to plug my show throughout the voyage!”

Jimmy was in Hunstanton for the Great British Seaside Special at the Princess Theatre for a month from early August.

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