Jungle adventure over as Crissy heads home

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COMEDIENNE Crissy Rock was last night booted out of the jungle after a brave effort Down Under - and she can’t wait to get back to the North East.

The Benidorm actress, who lives in Peterlee, has spent the last three weeks in Australia for the ITV show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

Brave Crissy managed to last 19 days in the camp, dealing with the creepy crawlies and challenges that came her way.

Her time came to an end last night after failing to win enough public votes to stay in the jungle.

But she did manage to meet her dream man Peter Andre, who made a surprise guest appearance, and blag tickets to one of his gigs.

Crissy - who was in the final two with The Only Way is Essex star Mark Wright - cheered when Geordie presenters Ant and Dec announced the news.

The camp jester - who has tipped Willie Carson or Fatima Whitbread to win - said: “I’m pleased I am out.

“I am sad, but I had already won - the pinnacle was meeting Peter Andre.

“If I had missed that I would have been devastated.”

The comedienne said she was “in a coma” for the first week as she acclimatised to jungle life.

She added: “I do not regret anything at all, I’ve had the best laugh of my life.”

Crissy will remain in Australia until the weekend when the King or Queen of the Jungle is revealed on Sunday evening, before heading back to the region early next week ahead of a busy diary.

Crissy, who ran the MV Ella floating restaurant at Hartlepool Marina last summer, is appearing in the Cinderella pantomime at Billingham Forum from December 10 until January 8.

The 58-year-old has the role of the Fairy Godmother, and will star alongside former Coronation Street actress Julia Haworth - butcher Ashley’s wife Claire - who has the lead role.

And during that panto spell, Crissy will be joined by Paul “Goffy” Gough at a fun-packed night of entertainment being held on December 15.

The event, which is being held at the Rainton Meadows Arena in Houghton-le-Spring, will feature Crissy performing her stand-up routine along with a Michael Buble tribute act and American soul band The Temptations.

Paul, who runs town-based publicity firm Goffy Media, will compere the evening.

He said: “This will like a welcome home night for Crissy, she did ever so well in the jungle and it was great to see her lasting as long as she did.

“Crissy is a great live act, and her routine includes lots of jokes about living with men.”

Tickets for the event, which cost £15, are available from John Green on (0191) 5280858.

*THANKS to Goffy Media, the Mail has three pairs of tickets and a chance to meet Crissy to give away to any readers who can answer the following question...

Which North East duo host I’m a Celebrity?

Email answers to mail.news@northeast-press.co.uk with CRISSY ROCK in the subject line, including a daytime contact number.

Alternatively, send your answer on a postcard to Crissy Rock competition, Newsdesk, Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX.