In aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care

Jimmy Cricket performing at a show for the David Whitfield Commemorative Society

Jimmy Cricket has performed for the David Whitfield Commemorative Society for the second time this year.

The famous Irish comedian appeared at the Palace Theatre in Mansfield in May and he followed up with another show for the society, formed in memory of 1950s singing star David Whitfield, at the Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre in the town of Billingshurst, West Sussex.

Jimmy Cricket with Vernon Brand
Comedian Jimmy with Vernon Brand

The two principal organisers of the society are Jeffrey Kemp and Vernon Brand, who together form JK Productions.

Part of the proceeds from both shows were donated to the Marie Curie Cancer Care appeal.

Hull-born David Whitfield began his singing career in the city’s working men’s clubs after being de-mobbed from the Royal Navy in 1950 and found fame after taking part in talent programme, Opportunity Knocks, on Radio Luxembourg.

He had a number of songs that topped the charts in the UK and US, including Answer Me, I Believe and Cara Mia.

Whitfield, whose label was Decca Records, was the first male singer to receive a gold disc for one million record sales and the first British artist to enter the US top 10 chart.

The singer died in 1980 at the age of 53, while touring in Australia.

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