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.”
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.
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 @ColinMeredith52 for tonight’s performance of, “No More Fiffing and Faffing” and to the great reception we got from the audience @ThwaitesEmpire!”
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.
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 @ventriloquist29 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 @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! “