Honoured on return to birthplace

Cllr Tony Quinn awards the plaque to Jimmy Cricket who is accompanied by his wife, May
Cllr Tony Quinn awards the plaque to Jimmy who is accompanied by his wife, May

Jimmy Cricket received a special honour on a recent return to the place of his birth.

The famous entertainer was awarded a plaque by the chairman of Cookstown council, Cllr Tony Quinn, in tribute to him as one of the Northern Irish town’s most famous sons.

His visit was part of a tour of the province with the popular Northern Ireland-based showband, Clubsound.

The tour was spread over two legs and the visit to Cookstown’s Burnavon Theatre marked the first date of the second series of shows.

When the local council found out about the visit, they wanted to recognise Jimmy’s achievements by awarding him an honorary plaque.

A proud Jimmy said: “I’ll definitely know where my roots are as the plaque will now feature prominently on my mantelpiece!”

Jimmy was born James Mulgrew on October 17 1945 in Cookstown, before moving to England in the 1970s and settling in Rochdale. Read more about his successful career here.

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