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Steve Royle & Fr Frankie Mulgrew in Bolton show

Jimmy Cricket will be appearing at Thornleigh College in Bolton with Steve Royle and Fr Frankie MulgrewJimmy Cricket is appearing in a special event at Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton in aid of CAFOD – the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development.

In what will be a unique evening of comedy entertainment, Jimmy will be joined on stage by special guest comedian Steve Royle, who regularly hosts a Saturday morning show on BBC Radio Lancashire and featured in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights live show.

The evening will be hosted by comedian-turned-Catholic priest, Fr Frankie Mulgrew – Jimmy’s younger son – and there will be the odd surprise on show from pupils who attend the college.

This event is in aid of CAFOD who stand beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture.

Through CAFOD’s local church partners around the world, they help people directly in their own communities and campaign for global justice.

Tickets for this night of fun and frivolity on Thursday 11 May are priced at £8 and £5 and are available from the reception at Thornleigh College (01204) 301 351.

Guernsey hotel: Easter shows are both sellouts

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the Wayside Cheer Hotel in Guernsey

Jimmy Cricket enjoyed two fantastic Easter shows at the Wayside Cheer Hotel on the island of Guernsey.

The famous entertainer’s appearances on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday were both in front of packed houses at the hotel, which is owned by local Guernsey entrepreneur Ken Smith.

The beautiful island of Guernsey

Jimmy has appeared on the island on several occasions in the past and every visit has been promoted by Ken. This latest trip was for the 71-year-old comedian to present his stand-up comedy show.

The hotel is located on the bay of Grandes Rocques, which is on the other side of the island from the capital St Peter Port.

Jimmy said: “I am a huge fan of Guernsey and always enjoy my trips to the island.

“And given the fact my first scheduled appearance for Easter Saturday sold so well that an additional show had to be arranged for the following night, it all made the trip on this occasion even more magical for me!”

The Wayside Cheer Hotel in Guernsey

Helping Rochdale priest celebrate diamond jubilee

Jimmy Cricket, Fr David O'Kane and friendsJimmy Cricket was honoured to be the guest entertainer at a celebratory dinner organised to mark one of his local clergy celebrating 60 years of being a Catholic priest.

On what was a great evening at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Rochdale, Fr David O’Kane hosted a dinner to celebrate his diamond Jubilee milestone.

Fr David O'Kane is the parish priest at Sacred Heart in Rochdale

Fr O’Kane has been based at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church for over a couple of decades. During this time he has hosted some charity dinners and concerts which have featured famous comedian Jimmy.

Sacred Heart was in fact one of Jimmy’s former parishes when he first moved into his adopted home town of Rochdale.

This diamond jubilee event was a wonderful occasion with the hall full of parishioners and friends of Fr O’Kane (pictured above).

The second part of Fr O’Kane’s celebration will be a special diamond jubilee Mass to be held at Sacred Heart RC Church on Friday 16 June.

Jimmy and his wife, May, have also been invited to attend this service and, as he has no work commitments on this date,  he is delighted he can attend this occasion as well!

Sacred Heart in Rochdale

West Lancashire event is another extravaganza!

Jimmy Cricket and friends at his Hesketh Bank show in West Lancashire
Well-known entertainer Jimmy with some audience members at the church hall show

A great night was had by all those who came to see Jimmy Cricket recently at the All Saints Church Hall in Hesketh Bank, West Lancashire. 

The event was organised by Jimmy’s friend, Tom Shorrock, who hails from neighbouring Walmer Bridge. Tom is a milkman during the day and lives outside the village on a farm.

Jimmy Cricket performing in Hesketh Bank, West Lancashire

He has arranged many events over the years at the Walmer Bridge Village Hall and not just with Jimmy, but with other comedians such as Dusty Young and Norman Prince, plus bands like as The Swing Commanders and the Jive Aces.

When Tom asked Jimmy whether he would consider coming to a new venue he had found in nearby Hesketh Bank, the famous Northern Irish entertainer could not refuse.

Appearing alongside 71-year-old Jimmy was his wife, the female vocalist May Marion.

Jimmy, pictured left performing on the night, said: “When I arrived at the All Saints Church Hall I was pleasantly surprised to find a stage and a set of curtains, and Tom had even brought some friends along to install a PA system for the show!”

With a good crowd in attendance for the evening’s performance, it turned out to be another of Tom’s extravaganzas!

The audience at Jimmy Cricket's Hesketh Bank show in West Lancashire

Irish paper promotes show in Letterkenny

Comedy night at The Stilton Tunnels a sellout

Stilton Tunnels entertainment venue

Jimmy Cricket is appearing at a special comedy event in the village of Stilton in Cambridgeshire towards the end of this month.

The Stilton Tunnels (above) has long been a venue for live entertainment in the village, which gave its name to the well-known cheese, Stilton.

Since then Roy’s comedy evenings have all been a sellout, even before the event is advertised – and Jimmy’s is no exception.

He organises these evenings every three to four months and among those who have appeared so far have been Mike Lancaster, The Fawlty Towers Dining Experience, and Lee Lard’s Peter Kay Tribute.

Roy is looking forward to welcoming famous entertainer Jimmy on 21 April for a night of comedy from the master himself.

Jimmy, 71, said: “I have known Roy for a number of years and it is a privilege to have been asked to appear at one of his very popular and successful comedy evenings.”

YouTube comedy clips & a letter from Jimmy Cricket

Jimmy Cricket

Here is a short letter from your favourite entertainer Jimmy Cricket introducing a new sequence of clips produced for the homepage of this website via his YouTube channel.

 Hi folks,

It’s me, Jimmy Cricket, come closer…

Thank you for coming on my website. If you are regular, a double thank you. And if you are a newcomer, a warm welcome.

I hope you enjoying browsing through and finding something of interest for you.

The newest thing I have is this… last year I came in contact with a young man called Dom Hyndman. Dom organised a charity show to send some young people to Lourdes to help wheel-bound and disabled people get around a pilgrimage, and help with their healing and give them spiritual serenity.

Dom is also a brilliant cameraman and works on all sorts of shows, from Coronation Street to the Antiques Roadshow.

He put together a very good feature for my website called The story in pictures, which was all about how I made my breakthrough into television. The next thing he did was last October when I released an album of Christmas songs for the children’s hospice Francis House; he came to the studio and did some nice footage for me.

When we were thinking about the next project to work on, we decided to go for the four series that I’ve done on Central Television in the 1980s – take the first series and concentrate on the guest stars I had on the show.

So for the next nine weeks we will have a guest artist – they range from Jim Bowen and Frank Carson to Dennis Taylor.

I hope you find it interesting and if there’s anything else you think would make the website more interesting, please feel free to let us know.

Enjoy!

Jimmy Cricket, 5 April 2017

Irish-themed show in Ribble Valley village

Jimmy Cricket with friends

Jimmy Cricket recently returned to the quaint Ribble Valley village of West Bradford near Clitheroe for another fund-raising event.

The Northern Irish entertainer was last at the Lancashire village’s community hall in 2015 and organiser Michael Fox had hoped to snap up his services again after what was a successful first event.

Jimmy Cricket

As Jimmy had been down to appear in neighbouring towns and villages of the Ribble Valley, Michael has had to wait a couple of years.

Jimmy’s return coincided with this year’s St Patrick’s Day festivities as the show ended up being scheduled for the Friday after 17 March.

It gave Michael and his organising team good cause to make the event into an Irish-themed one, with tricolour flags out in force. Michael even turned up in a green tie (top picture)!

For this second successful appearance, Jimmy was joined by his wife, female vocalist May Marion, and Jim Nicholas of Cliff’s Disco – who dressed up as Elvis Presley for the evening (below).

Jim Nicholas of Cliff’s Disco dressed up as Elvis Presley

Norman Wisdom tribute act is part of charity gala

Jimmy Cricket has been invited to take part in a fundraiser in May with a distinctive Norman Wisdom feel.TV entertainer Jimmy Cricket has been invited to take part in a fundraiser in May with a distinctive Norman Wisdom feel.

This is because the charity gala on Saturday 6 May is being organised by Barbara Lindsay – who was legendary comedian Sir Norman Wisdom’s PA – and produced and presented by the impresario Johnny Mans – Norman’s agent for many years.

The show will even feature an impersonator of the man himself as Glenn M Ford, who performs as a tribute to Norman Wisdom, will be part of the show’s line-up.

This event is being organised by Barbara to raise funds for churches in and around the town of Whittlesey within the Cambridgeshire Fens.

With the Ivy Leaf Club chosen as the venue, the evening’s proceedings which Johnny Mans has put together, will not just include himself as compere and Glenn Ford as Norman, alongside Jimmy, it also features 60s star Jess  Conrad, illusionist Daniel Dean and a host of other entertainment surprises.

Jimmy, 71, said: “I am looking forward to teaming up once more with Johnny Mans, whom I have known for a long time, and am very pleased to be lending my support to this special event.”

Lyndene Hotel: Jimmy finishes first 2017 stint

Jimmy Cricket performing at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

Jimmy Cricket has just completed the spring set of dates for his 2017 residency at the popular Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool.

The 71-year-old entertainer started back in January and has had shows through the winter and into spring, ending on Saturday 18 March to coincide with the St Patrick’s Day festivities.

Although his residency is throughout 2017, the dates when Jimmy will appear at the Lyndene have been split into two periods this year.

It means he will not return to the hotel to resume his performances until Wednesday 4 October, but when he does go back he will have a further 13 dates, including every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the month of November (full schedule below).

Primarily, this has involved a couple of performances per visit, as often the hotel is so packed with guests they need to have a second spill-over show in the conservatory after the main cabaret room fills up.

Jimmy, who also did a host of shows at the Blackpool hotel last year, said: “I have  become very fond of the Lyndene Hotel and thoroughly enjoyed  my time appearing there.

“I would like to place on record my many thanks to the owners of the Lyndene Hotel – Barry and Carole – for continuing to host me at their venue.

“I also thank Claire at Tower Top Entertainments for helping to organise my Lyndene visits over the course of 2017.”

Jimmy Cricket's Lyndene Hotel dates for 2017