Whitby Regatta favourite, and World Class Pro BMX, trials and mountain bike rider and stunt show performer Jumpin’ Jez Avery brought his show to Whitby around 11 years ago and still enjoys his annual visit to the town.
With numerous Guinness World Records under his belt, Jez has mastered lots of tricks and jumps on anything with two wheels.
We have seen him perform in all weathers wowing crowds and raising many a smile, laugh and wince as he raises the bar and attempts dangerous but impressive stunts.
Taking a break from jumping over cars, and children, Jez took a moment to talk to reporter Jessica Nightingale and tell us about his love for Whitby Regatta as well as for the town’s fish and chips.
1 What are your first memories of Whitby?
I was seven or eight years old in 1976 or 1977, with my mum and dad who have passed on now, for a day out in the sunshine.
2 What makes Whitby special to you?
Whitby is so special to me now as I have been working for the regatta committee for 11 years in a row.
I started off my stunt entertainment career on mountain bikes then motor bikes and just last year performed in the rain.
And I’ll be performing my mountain bike, motorbike and Honda pilot buggy stunt show until I can’t do it any more!
3 Life’s highlight?
My life’s highlight would be becoming a dad in September 2004 to Olivia Avery, who is now 6¾ years old, who says she wants to be in TV and film, stunt-doubling the film stars of the future.
4 Biggest regret?
My biggest regret would be not starting my entertainment work sooner than 2008 as mum and dad haven’t seen me perform at the level I’m at now.
5 What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Frosties with hot milk, a cup of tea and one chocolate biscuit.
6 What is your favourite eating place?
TGI’s ... mmm.
7 What is your favourite pub?
Pubs, I don’t drink so I don’t go into them, two pints of Stella and I’m anybody’s ... wahoo.
8 Where are the best fish and chips?
Anywhere in Whitby.
9 What is your worst habit?
I worry too much about the people most dear to me.
10 Where was your last holiday?
My last holiday was in 2005 with Olivia at one-years-old.
At the moment, I’m also looking for property in Southern Spain as a winter retreat.
11 When was the last time you cried?
I cry every Christmas time as my mum and dad aren’t around anymore and have not met Olivia.
12 What would be your ideal day in Whitby?
I’ve done the ideal day in Whitby.
I had one regatta off two years ago, with the sun shining too.
Olivia and I saw the regatta in full and watched the other entertainment work for their money as a one-off.
13 What was your first job?
My first job was as a trainee car mechanic in Whitburn, Sunderland.
14 What is your favourite film?
Smokey and The Bandit with Burt Reynolds, it’s Olivia’s too.
15 What is your favourite book?
Book? I’ve never read a book.
16 If you won the Lottery, what would you do with it?
I would buy all new stunt kit, a massive Winnebago motor home and keep on stunting.
17 Dracula or Captain Cook?
18 What is your signature dish?
Frosties with hot milk.
19 Favourite drink?
Drinking San Miguel lager in my old Spanish village of San Miguel De Salinas.
20 What would be your epitaph?
On my grave stone, it might say – if he’s not in traction he’s in action.
Here lies Jumpin’ Jez.