Lancashire milkman who became a show organiser

Jimmy Cricket's Lancashire Evening Post columnJimmy Cricket talks  in his latest newspaper column about a forthcoming show in Lancashire – and the local milkman who organised it.

The famous entertainer appears at the All Saints Church Hall in Hesketh Bank on Saturday 8 April in a Tom Shorrock production.

Jimmy, 71, explains in the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post that Tom Shorrock is a milkman in the Walmer Bridge area of Lancashire who about 10 years ago arranged for the comedian to appear at the local village hall.

He says: “That first show was a rip-roaring sellout. Flushed with success, Tom booked some more shows with really good acts.

“Not big names off the telly, but good, solid bread-and-butter bands acts like 40s swing bands the Jive Aces and The Swing Commanders… Tom’s shows were the talk of the community.

“Alas, dear readers, nothing lasts for ever. For various reasons, the shows discontinued and those halcyon days became a distant memory.

“Wait, there’s more; you can’t keep a good man down. A few months ago, the Jive Aces rang Tom up to enquire whether they could appear in another show at Walmer Bridge.”

The village hall was booked up, but they used the All Saints Church Hall instead and it proved such a popular venue that Tom contacted Jimmy to see if he would also appear there.

Tom Shorrock’s number for tickets for the 8 April event, for which all profits will go to Breast Cancer UK, is 01772 613460.

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