Over £6,000 raised for Francis House


Jimmy and The Krankies
Jimmy and The Krankies
Jimmy Cricket helped to raise more than £6,000 for a Manchester-based charity at a two-night extravaganza.

The famous Irish comedian appeared in the fund-raising “Stars Come Out” show at the Oldham Coliseum on Monday and Tuesday (October 10 and 11), along with husband and wife comedy duo The Krankies and sixties Merseybeat band The Swinging Blue Jeans, of “You’re no Good” and the “Hippy Hippy Shake” fame. The show also featured the Dobcross Youth Band.

An extra night was added after the originally-planned one-day performance was sold out.

Jimmy’s good friend, Jim Nicholas, was the evening’s host and he also co-produced the show. Jim has a disco outfit called “Cliff’s Disco” and as a day job is the chief gardener at the Bishop of Salford’s residence, Wardley Hall.

On the Monday night the comedian Stu Francis came to watch as the Krankies were staying overnight with him in Bolton because they are good friends. He was enlisted to help with the raffle. On the Tuesday night Coronation Street fiesty newcomer Catherine Tyldesley (Eva Price) assisted with the raffle.

The money from the shows will go to Francis House Children’s Hospice, which is based at Didsbury in Manchester. The Hospice cares for children and young adults with life-threatening conditions and provides a home from home where families can receive professional care, support and friendship.

Jimmy Cricket said: “At the end of each show we were grateful for the director of Francis House – Rev David Ireland (who also happens to be the main reverend for the United Reform Church in central Oldham) to be on hand to personally thank each and every one of the audience for coming along and supporting the event on behalf of the charity.”

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