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Fond memories of Chas & Dave’s Christmas special

Jimmy Cricket has paid tribute to Chas Hodges who died last week aged 74
Chas & Dave’s Christmas Knees-up (1982) festive special can be watched on YouTube

Jimmy Cricket has paid tribute to Chas Hodges who died last week aged 74.

Chas, who was one half of the musical duo Chas and Dave, passed away peacefully in his sleep, having recently had treatment for oesophageal cancer.

Comedian Jimmy said he felt “blessed” to have performed on a festive special with the Cockney pair in 1982. Other guests on the show included English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Eric Clapton.

Chas and Dave were particularly big in the 1970s and 80s, and performed four FA Cup final songs with Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Jimmy posted on social media: “Just heard of the passing of Chas, they were great singer song writers with their own inimitable style, they coined a new phrase in music, Rockney, blessed to have done this Christmas Show with them.”

Watch Chas and Dave’s 1982 Christmas special here (Jimmy appears seven minutes and six seconds into the show).

Jimmy Cricket appeared on the 1982 Chas and Dave Christmas special

Keith Harris tribute show – ‘great acts and legends!’

What an achievement for @ventriloquist29 and lovely @nina_strobe who organised @VIVABlackpool “The Keith Harris Tribute Show” with great acts and legends such as @theBobbyCrush @TheKrankiesUK @steveroylecomic @sasKeithandBen Mooky, reminded me of the old days, Midnight Matinees

Jimmy Cricket appeared with a host of fellow entertainers in memory of their late colleague and friend Keith Harris in Blackpool.

Eyes & Teeth took place at the Viva Blackpool on Friday (21 September), with all the money raised going towards The Keith Harris & Orville Statue Fund as part of a campaign to erect a memorial in the town for the late ventriloquist.

Keith, who died in Blackpool aged 67 in 2015, was best known for his television show The Keith Harris Show (from 1982 to 1990) and for his appearances with his puppets Orville the Duck and Cuddles the Monkey.

Other stars taking part in Friday’s show included Christopher Biggins, Bobby Davro and The Krankies.

Jimmy posted the following message on social media afterwards, along with the photos above: “What an achievement for and lovely who organised “The Keith Harris Tribute Show” with great acts and legends such as Mooky, reminded me of the old days, Midnight Matinees.”

Jimmy Cricket’s play delights Blackburn Empire Theatre audience

Jimmy Cricket tweeted: My thanks to Jonathan Young and @ColinMeredith52 for tonight’s performance of, “No More Fiffing and Faffing” and to the great reception we got from the audience @ThwaitesEmpire!

Jimmy Cricket’s first play got a great reception from the audience on its debut performance – and was watched by a special guest.

No more Fiffing and Faffing was staged for the first time at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday evening.

Appearing with funnyman Jimmy was Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

Among the audience was Lady Anne Dodd, widow of famous comedian Sir Ken Dodd who died aged 90 in May this year.

Jimmy tweeted after the show: “A big thank you to my friends , neighbours and supporters for coming to my new play last night at the Blackburn Empire.. A special thanks to Lady Anne Dodd. To see you all there was heart warming.”

He also posted on social media: “My thanks to Jonathan Young and for tonight’s performance of, “No More Fiffing and Faffing” and to the great reception we got from the audience !”

 

‘Elvis Presley’ performs at special birthday party

Great night celebrating Carolyn Topham’s, “Special Birthday”, @TheBrassBandClub Clitheroe with family and friends and with my thanks to fellow act Jim Nicholas for his Elvis impersonation!

Jimmy Cricket teamed up with “Elvis Presley” for a special birthday party in Lancashire recently.

The famous entertainer performed at the Billington & Whalley Brass Band Club in Clitheroe, along with good friend and Elvis impersonator Jim Nicholas.

Jimmy, 72, posted on social media channel Twitter afterwards: “Great night celebrating Carolyn Topham’s “Special Birthday” @TheBrassBandClub Clitheroe with family and friends and with my thanks to fellow act Jim Nicholas for his Elvis impersonation! 🎭

* Jimmy’s first play, No more Fiffing and Faffing, is being staged at the Blackburn Empire Theatre tomorrow (Sunday, 16 September) at 7.30pm.

Read more about the play here.

 

Jimmy Cricket’s play just days away – don’t miss it!

Jimmy Cricket's new play is called No more Fiffing and Faffing

The one and only performance of Jimmy Cricket’s first play is now only a few days away.

No more Fiffing and Faffing will be staged at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday (16 September) at 7.30pm.

Join comedy double act Joe Fiffen and Jerry Faffen on their last night in showbusiness. As well as their classic sketches, they’ll be settling some old scores in the dressing room.

Appearing with famous comedian Jimmy will be Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

Tickets cost £10. You can also book by telephoning 01254 685 500. The theatre’s email address is boxoffice@blackburnempire.com

Read more about the play and book online here.

Comic-turned-priest Fr Frankie’s inspiring story

Frankie Mulgrew, the younger son of comedian Jimmy Cricket, followed in his father’s footsteps in comedy – until a battle with depression ultimately led to him becoming a priest.

Frankie was captivated by a love of the stage and entertainment as a child and was a stand-up comedian known as Frankie Doodle.

But he suffered with depression around the age of 18 and it led him eventually to become a priest after realising the healing power of the Catholic religion.

Fr Mulgrew, 41, has told his inspiring story to the Lancashire Evening Post newspaper, where dad Jimmy has a monthly column.

See the full article here

Also read: Father Frankie makes mum & dad very proud 

Frankie Mulgrew

Frankie Mulgrew

Fr Frankie Mulgrew

 

BBC Radio Lancashire interview about first play

New #theatre show about a #comedy double act on their last night in the spotlight called #NoMoreFiffingandFaffing on @ThwaitesEmpire. The very funny @jimmy__cricket, @ColinMeredith52 who's been in lots of TV shows chat 2 @Gillylancs on @BBCLancashire👂➡️https://www.bbc.co.uk/radiolancashire – at BBC Radio Lancashire

Jimmy Cricket has been interviewed on BBC Radio Lancashire about the staging of his first play later this month.

The famous comedian was accompanied by fellow actor Colin Meredith to talk about No more Fiffing and Faffing, which will be performed at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday 16 September at 7.30pm.

Appearing with Jimmy and Colin, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years, will be Jonathan Young from The Bachelors.

Tickets cost £10. You can also book by telephoning 01254 685 500. The theatre’s email address is boxoffice@blackburnempire.com.

Listen to Jimmy and Colin chatting to BBC Radio Lancashire presenter John Gillmore here (the interview starts at 1.50.20)

Read more about the play and book online 

Jimmy Cricket's new play is called No more Fiffing and Faffing

Blackpool bonanza in aid of statue for Keith Harris

 

What promises to be a fabulous, "Variety Show", organised by the great comedy talent and @ventriloquist29 Mr Steve Hewlett in memory of his mentor and our great mutual friend Keith Harris

Jimmy Cricket will be appearing with a host of other top entertainers in a fund-raising show in memory of their late colleague and friend Keith Harris.

The event, called Eyes & Teeth,  takes place at the Viva Blackpool in the west Lancashire seaside resort on Friday 21 September (7.45 to 11.15pm).

All the money raised from the sale of tickets will go towards The Keith Harris & Orville Statue Fund as part of a campaign to erect a memorial in the town for the late ventriloquist.

He was best known for his television show The Keith Harris Show (from 1982 to 1990) and for his appearances with his puppets Orville the Duck and Cuddles the Monkey.

Keith, who died in Blackpool aged 67 in 2015 following a brave battle against cancer, had a UK Top 10 hit single in 1982 with Orville’s Song which reached number four in the charts.

Other stars appearing in the show alongside Jimmy include Bobby Davro, The Krankies, The Grumbleweeds, Duncan Norvelle and Nigel Havers.

Jimmy tweeted: “What promises to be a fabulous, “Variety Show”, organised by the great comedy talent and  Mr Steve Hewlett in memory of his mentor and our great mutual friend Keith Harris, only a few tickets left folks if you would like to join us!🎭

Remaining tickets can be bought by visiting here – you can also call 01253 297297 or email boxoffice@vivablackpool.com

Tennis sketch performed at Bridlington Spa show

Big thank you for a wonderful evening @bridspa with, “Stage Crew”, Gary, Oscar, Steve and Joey alongside Linda and all the, “Front of House Staff”, and my old friend and Red Coat Frankie Whittle popped in to see the show and performed with me on stage in the tennis sketch! 🎭

Jimmy Cricket performed one of his sketches with a former Butlins Redcoat colleague during his Bridlington Spa appearance at the weekend.

The famous comedian took his “Great Value For a Tenner” show  to the East Yorkshire venue, with his wife and singer May Marion (her stage name) one of the accompanying acts.

Jimmy posted the photos above later on social media, along with the following message: “Big thank you for a wonderful evening with, “Stage Crew”, Gary, Oscar, Steve and Joey alongside Linda and all the, “Front of House Staff”, and my old friend and Red Coat Frankie Whittle popped in to see the show and performed with me on stage in the tennis sketch! 🎭

Parish centre rehearsal for Empire Theatre play

No more Fiffing and Faffing will be staged at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday 16 September at 7.30pm

Jimmy Cricket used his regular show at a local parish centre to rehearse the staging of his first play.

No more Fiffing and Faffing will be performed at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday 16 September at 7.30pm.

Appearing with famous comedian Jimmy will be Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

Tickets cost £10. You can also book by telephoning 01254 685 500. The theatre’s email address is boxoffice@blackburnempire.com.

Read more about the play and book online here.

Jimmy rehearsed part of the play (see photo above right) on his latest ‘Charity Jam Night’ at St Vincent’s Parish Centre in Rochdale on Tuesday 14 August.

The jam nights, hosted by the Northern Irish entertainer and his wife May Marion every couple of months, take place in the lounge area of the parish centre and people can attend for free.

It started more than a decade ago as an opportunity for Jimmy and other performers to try out new routines.

At every event,  there is a raffle and the selling of refreshments, with all proceeds donated to a chosen charity.

The photograph was taken by Bernadette Montgomery.