Merrill Osmond told me: ‘You’re one of our family’

Jimmy Cricket's column in the Lancashire Evening PostJimmy Cricket relives his successful pre-Christmas tour with the famous Osmonds in his latest newspaper column.

Well-known Northern Irish comedian Jimmy was a special guest for the Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular which ran for 15 shows, several of them sellouts, during December.

The Osmonds are an American family music group with a long and varied history as star performers.

The group first comprised brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay Osmond. They were later joined by younger siblings Donny – the most famous of all of them – and Jimmy. Their only sister Marie, who rarely sang with her brothers at that time, launched a successful solo career in 1973.

Jimmy appeared in every show on their 2015 UK tour, which featured Jimmy, Jay and Merrill Osmond.

In his January column for the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post, entitled I loved them for a reason, Jimmy says: “Touring with Merrill, Jay and Jimmy was one of the happiest experiences I’ve ever had in showbusiness.

“On the third night of the tour, Merrill said to me: ‘Jimmy, you’re one of our family.’

“There’s something about these guys that makes an artiste go that extra mile for them.”

He concludes: “It was a pleasure, boys… Let’s hope for more peace, love and laughter in 2016.”

Click on either of the arrow-shaped play buttons above to watch a slideshow of pictures from one of the pre-Christmas shows. All the photos were taken during the last tour date at the Winding Wheel concert venue in Chesterfield.

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