A hardy crowd of hundreds of people braved the wet weather to watch Jimmy Cricket turn on the Christmas lights in the Cambridgeshire town of Wisbech.
Famous comedian Jimmy, along with the Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Wisbech (pictured below), formally kicked off the festive season in the town centre.
Jimmy combined this duty with an earlier afternoon show, as both appearances had been organised by his good friends, Ian and Michelle Larkin.
Michelle has recently set up a new performing arts school in Wisbech called the Nine Lives Academy, which is based in a magnificent building called the Institute.
Ian and Michelle decided that if Jimmy was in Wisbech switching on the lights, then he could also headline a Christmas show in the building’s concert hall called the Ballroom. It also showcased some of Michelle’s talented performers from the Nine Lives Academy.
Jimmy said: “I was pleased to participate in the show, which was a sellout, and it was a great way to start my Christmas performance plans.”
On Tuesday (8 December), Jimmy begins his 15-date Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular tour with the famous Osmonds. More details and the full schedule here.