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Jim Bowen: Jimmy Cricket pays newspaper tribute

Jimmy Cricket paid tribute to Jim Bowen in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket remembered the late Jim Bowen in his most recent monthly newspaper column in the Lancashire Post.

Broadcaster and comedian Jim, best known for hosting darts-based game show Bullseye in the 1980s and ’90s, died on 14 March at the age of 80.

And Jimmy told some nostalgic anecdotes about his good friend’s life and career in the 26 March edition of the Preston-based paper.

It included the time when presenter Eamonn Andrews arrived on a train to present Jim with the famous Big Red Book on This is Your Life.

Former deputy headmaster Jim, who lived in North Lancashire, began his career as a stand-up comedian on the club circuit in the 1960s. He became a household name when he began presenting Bullseye in 1981. The Sunday tea time show ran for 14 years.

And Jimmy recalled how he threw some darts for charity on Bullseye, while Jim did a sketch with him on his own television show And There’s More.

Click here to watch Jimmy’s appearance on Bullseye.

Dana, Ken Morley and the late Frank Carson feature in nostalgic Twitter post

One of the photos included Jimmy Cricket and Frank Carson

Jimmy Cricket and the late Frank Carson were among several celebrities featured in a social media post recently.

The message on Twitter included several photographs and said: “When visited Ross’s Court, Belfast, 25 yrs ago, with Frank Carson, Dana, Gerry Anderson, Mary peters and ken Morley (Reg from coronation street).”

Northern Ireland comedy legend Frank Carson passed away in early 2012.

Jimmy Cricket, Dana and the late Frank Carson featured in the Tweet

‘Met my childhood hero… a night I won’t forget! Thanks Jimmy Cricket!’

Jimmy Cricket has been performing at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool for several yearsJimmy Cricket has been continuing with his spring-time shows at a popular Blackpool hotel.

Much-loved Northern Irish comedian Jimmy, 72, has been performing regularly over the past few years at the Lyndene Hotel on the Promenade.

And his fans are clearly still enjoying his performances there.

Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

One tweeted recently: “Had the best time ever last night… met my childhood hero… a night I won’t forget! Thanks Jimmy Cricket!”

The Lyndene, which is perched on the seafront, is one of Blackpool’s unique locations as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

Jimmy’s remaining dates at the Lyndene Hotel for 2018 are: 25 April, 2, 9, 16, 26 and 30 May.

Visit the hotel’s website here.

Posting on Twitter about Jimmy Cricket

Birmingham show is in aid of Molly Olly’s Wishes

Jimmy Cricket will appear in a variety show in aid of "Molly Olly's Wishes”Jimmy Cricket is appearing in a show in Birmingham later this month in aid of a children’s charity.

A Variety Performance will take place on Sunday 29 April (7.15pm start) at the New Alexandra Theatre and  also features West End & TV star Gary Wilmot in addition to a host of other acts.

The charity gala will raise funds for Molly Olly’s Wishes, which supports families of children with terminal and life-threatening illnesses.

For more information and to book tickets, visit here.

Golden Wellie award is given to band Level Three

Highlights from Jimmy Cricket's latest jam night in Norden, Rochdale

A band called Level Three are the latest recipients of Jimmy Cricket’s much-coveted Golden Wellie award.

The group formally received the accolade at one of Jimmy’s popular jam nights in Rochdale, which are hosted alternately by the famous comedian and his great showbiz friend Eric Devereaux.

Local, national and even on occasions international entertainers perform for nothing at the monthly event which takes place at St Vincent’s RC Parish Centre in Norden.

Among the entertainers at the jam evening for the latest event on 3 April were Level Three, featuring Eddie, Mike and Dave, who performed on the night and helped to raise money for charity in the process.

The Golden Wellington (known for short as Golden Wellie) is an award 72-year-old Jimmy  created several years ago based on his trademark wellington boots.

Although it is a bit of fun, it has a serious side as Jimmy uses the publicity from the award to acknowledge a good deed or significant contribution to a community.

‘Super, smashing, great’ – fond tribute to Jim Bowen

Jim Bowen - picture courtesy of the Westmorland Gazette

Jimmy Cricket could not be at the funeral of his late friend Jim Bowen – but paid tribute to him on Twitter.

Broadcaster and comedian Jim, best known for hosting darts-based game show Bullseye in the 1980s and ’90s, died on 14 March at the age of 80.

And Jimmy posted a link to a story about Jim on social media, saying: “For those who like me, who sadly missed the funeral of the great comic/host Jim Bowen here is a dedication to the day!”

The article, in the Westmorland Gazette, said: “Family and friends said their last goodbyes to north Lancashire broadcaster and comedian Jim Bowen at Beetham Hall Crematorium in the South Lakeland Countryside.

“Mr Bowen, who was best known as the host of darts-based game show Bullseye in the 1980s and 1990s, used to live in a now-disused Victorian house at the old railway station in Arkholme and was a former owner of the village’s Redwell Inn.”

A statement posted by the official Bullseye Facebook page said: ‘The celebration of Jim’s life was attended by close family and friends and was a heartwarming, loving and incredibly moving send off for Jim.

Miracles R Us – Fr Frankie’s latest book

Fr Frankie Mulgrew, the younger son of famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket, has been discussing his latest book in The Universe, the Catholic national newspaper.

The Roman Catholic priest, who is based in Blackburn, East Lancashire, compiled and edited Miracles R Us: Supernatural Miracles In The Catholic Church.

A summary of the book, published by St Pauls Publishing, says: “Do miracles really happen? Are there miracles in the 21st century just as there were during the life of Jesus?

“In Miracles R Us we discover how God works supernatural miracles in our day and age. Filled with real-life stories of spiritual and physical miracles from well-known priests, Religious and Catholic speakers we discover that life-changing miracles of the soul and physical healings beyond current medical explanation happen, all through the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church: baptism, confession, Eucharist, confirmation, marriage, holy orders and anointing of the sick.

“This book proves that God’s love and power to transform hearts and lives is as real today as it was in the time of Jesus.”

It includes a contribution from Cardinal Vincent Nichols and all authorship profits will go to support Mary’s Meals, who provide vital meals to some of the world’s poorest children.Frankie Mulgrew, younger son of comedian Jimmy Cricket, kneels in front of the Bishop of Salford at his ordination service

Fr Frankie (right), who was a comedian like his dad before being ordained five years ago, is quoted in the 9 March edition of The Universe saying: “This book is to help encourage, affirm and edify our own faith but also to be passed into the hands of those who may have stopped going to Church, give them reason to believe and reason to know that God loves them, has never given up on them and wants to fill their life with his divine love, mercy and blessings.”

The 16 March edition of The Universe also features Fr Frankie talking about Miracles R Us.

The comic-turned-priest, whose stage name was Frankie Doodle, has previously had a book published about God and humour called Does God LOL? (LOL is internet slang for Laugh Out Loud).

He compiled and edited the book, which includes contributions from famous entertainers Ricky Tomlinson, Tim Vine, Jo Brand, Milton Jones and the late Sir Ken Dodd and Frank Carson.

All proceeds from sales of that book have also gone towards Mary’s Meals.


Listen to Fr Frankie talking about his latest book here

Sir Ken Dodd: Jimmy Cricket pays tribute at funeral in Liverpool

Jimmy Cricket was among those to pay a special tribute to the late Sir Ken Dodd at the legendary comedian’s funeral.

The Northern Irish entertainer joined other stars like actors Ricky Tomlinson, Stephanie Cole and Miriam Margolyes, and fellow comics Jimmy Tarbuck and Stan Boardman at the service at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday.

Sir Ken died at the age of 90 earlier this month.

Jimmy said he was “one of the most original, innovative and gifted comedians we’ll ever see”.

“Comedians like Ken only come once in a lifetime – we thank God today that he came in ours,” he told a packed congregation.

“He had time for everybody. He said we were all walking miracles, every one of us and we all had stories to tell.”

Fellow comedian Jimmy Cricket has been paying tribute to Sir Ken Dodd at his funeral.
BBC News

Members of the public lined the route taken by Sir Ken’s funeral cortege from his Knotty Ash home to the cathedral in his home city. Some of them sang his 1964 song Happiness as the horse-drawn hearse passed.

Tickling sticks were also placed around Liverpool in tribute to the famous entertainer who was loved by millions and whose shows would nearly always overrun, sometimes by hours.

The BBC called Sir Ken Dodd a comedy legend
The BBC called Sir Ken Dodd a comedy legend when it reported his death

Oldham show promises a night of ‘fun & frivolity’

Jimmy Cricket is appearing at Saddleworth’s @MillgateArts Centre

Jimmy Cricket will be taking his Great Value For A Tenner show to Oldham later in the year.

All proceeds from the family show at the Millgate Arts Centre (Players Theatre) in Saddleworth on Saturday 19 May (7.30pm start) will go to Francis House Children’s Hospice, one of Jimmy’s favourite charities.

Tickets will be £10 and £5 for children.

Millgate Arts Centre is home to a thriving local arts community, providing a base for theatre, film, and chamber concert societies, as well as holding art exhibitions and being available for business or personal lettings.

The official promotion for the laughter show in May says: “The much-loved Irish comedian, Jimmy Cricket, brings his family-friendly comedy show for just a tenner to the Millgate Arts Centre.

“Jimmy will arrive equipped with one-liners galore, a sprinkling of visual comedy and, yes, that ever present letter from his mammy! This is the perfect show for granny and grandchild alike, as there will be giggles aplenty during an evening of fun and frivolity.

“On offer is a comedy master class delivered by a legendary entertainer everyone has come to know.”

Ticket information: Bookings can be made in person, by phone or online. The box office (at Delph Library) is open Tuesdays 2pm–5pm; Wednesdays  2pm–7pm; Thursdays 1pm-6pm and Fridays & Saturdays from 9.30am–1pm. The box office at Delph Library telephone number is 01457 874644. Tickets must be paid for at the time of booking, and we accept payment using all major credit and debit cards. You can select your seats at the time of booking. Tickets are non-refundable.

Book online here


Show in Gillingham proves to be a big success

Jimmy Cricket's tweet on Wigmore & District Smallholders Club

A private members’ club in Gillingham, Kent, was the venue for a recent show by famous comedian Jimmy Cricket.

The Northern Irish entertainer performed at Wigmore & District Smallholders Club, which also hosts dances, quiz and race nights and bingo sessions.

Jimmy clearly enjoyed his time there, tweeting afterwards: Lovely evening at Wigmore & District Smallholders Club with organiser and singer Suzy with Barman Paul and the Committee Members! 🎭

And organiser Louise Owen posted on Twitter: The best night with so lovely to meet you and Mrs. Cricket. really enjoyed the show thank you 👏🏼 – at Wigmore & District Smallholders Club

Jimmy Cricket's tweet about Wigmore & District Smallholders Club