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Tickets are selling fast for Jimmy Cricket’s first play

Tickets for the world premiere of Jimmy Cricket’s first play are selling fast.

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.

Mike Johnson tweeted: "No more Fiffing and Faffing written by and starring @jimmy__cricket with Jonathan Young and Colin Meredith @ThwaitesEmpire - tickets going fast don't miss out book https://blackburnempire.com/event/no-more-fiffing-faffing/ … or phone 01254 685 500."

Jimmy and his wife May have just returned from a European cruise.

Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy was performing on the Magellan – a ship belonging to Cruise and Maritime Voyages – which sailed along the coasts of France, Portugal and Spain.

Earlier on the cruise, they visited the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, the resting place for the relics of the apostle St James and the finishing point for a popular pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James).

And later they went to the National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional) in Lisbon, in which important Portuguese personalities – including Eusébio – are buried. Eusébio da Silva Ferreira is considered by many as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

On their return, Jimmy posted on social media (see photo below): “Back on dry land and my thanks to one of the newer Cruise 🚢 Companies for looking after us so well, here with fellow artist onboard Gary with his family!”

Jimmy Cricket tweeted: "Back on dry land and my thanks to one of the newer Cruise 🚢 Companies @CMVoyages for looking after us so well, here with fellow artist onboard Gary with his family!"

Visiting the Portugal tomb of a football legend

Jimmy Cricket has visited the tomb of legendary Portuguese footballer Eusébio.

The veteran comedian was at the National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional) in Lisbon, in which important Portuguese personalities – including Eusébio – are buried.

Eusébio da Silva Ferreira is considered by many as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

He was known for his speed, technique, athleticism and his ferocious right-footed shot, making him a prolific goalscorer. During his professional career, he scored 733 goals in 745 matches (41 goals in 64 matches for Portugal).

Eusébio helped Portugal to reach third place at the 1966 World Cup held in England, being the top goalscorer of the tournament with nine goals (including four in one match against North Korea).

Jimmy, 72, posted on Twitter (with the photos below): “Here on our travels stumbled across the crypt of one of the greatest footballers who ever graced a football pitch!”

Famous Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy is currently working on a cruise ship, which is sailing along the coasts of France, Portugal and Spain.

He and his wife May are on board the Magellan – a sailing vessel belonging to Cruise and Maritime Voyages.

Earlier on the cruise, he visited the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, the resting place for the relics of the apostle St James and the finishing point for a popular pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James).

Jimmy Cricket visited the tomb of legendary Portuguese footballer Eusébio

Visit to the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela

Jimmy Cricket posted some photographs on Twitter

Jimmy Cricket has paid a visit to a special cathedral during a day’s sight-seeing in north-west Spain.

The well-known Northern Irish entertainer is currently working on a cruise ship which is sailing along the coasts of France, Portugal and Spain.

He and his wife May are on board the Magellan – a sailing vessel belonging to Cruise and Maritime Voyages.

Jimmy posted on social media that he had visited the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, the resting place for the relics of the apostle St James and the finishing point for a popular pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James).

The cathedral is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela and is an integral part of the world heritage site in Galicia.

Dublin’s great genius wit himself… & Molly Malone!

Jimmy Cricket is on performing on the Magellan which visited Dublin

Famous funnyman Jimmy Cricket is currently working on a cruise ship which is sailing along the coasts of France, Portugal and Spain.

Jimmy, 72 and his wife May are on board the Magellan – a ship belonging to Cruise and Maritime Voyages. It’s a boat he has performed on previously.

The first stop after leaving Liverpool was Ireland and Belfast-born Jimmy posted on social media (see above): “Here at our first port of call, Dublin, where we bumped into the great genius wit himself [Oscar Wilde] and Molly Malone!”

Oscar Wilde, born in Dublin, was an Irish poet in the latter half of the 19th century and became one of London’s most popular playwrights at that time, being especially well-known for his witty portrayal of people and life in general.

As a result of being on the cruise, Jimmy has postponed his next ‘Charity Jam Night’ at St Vincent’s Parish Centre in Rochdale by one week until Tuesday 14 August.

Jimmy Cricket is performing on the Magellan cruise ship

‘Great night’ at the Club Tropicana in Skegness

Jimmy Cricket posted on Twitter: "Great night at the, “New Tropicana”, Skegness with Ents Manager Chris Merry, Singer and Compère Helen Louise Farrell with Adam and Ben on sound and lighting, alongside the Ents team, and my friend Anthony popped in for a visit"

Jimmy Cricket returned to the Club Tropicana in Skegness – and described it as a “great night”.

The famous Northern Irish entertainer, billed by the club’s website in the build-up to his performance as “top comedian” and “star of TV”, appeared at the Lincolnshire venue on Saturday (28 July).

He had also done a show last September at the 2,000-seater club, which hosts a variety of acts including live bands, singers, dancers and comedians.

Jimmy posted on Twitter the photos above and the following message: “Great night at the, “New Tropicana”, Skegness with Ents Manager Chris Merry, Singer and Compère Helen Louise Farrell with Adam and Ben on sound and lighting, alongside the Ents team, and my friend Anthony popped in for a visit 🎭

The Big Issue’s summer special features celebs

Jimmy Cricket features in the summertime special of The Big Issue

Jimmy Cricket is among a host of famous entertainers – described as “old-school greats” – to feature in the summertime edition of The Big Issue.

Others include Cannon and Ball, the Chuckle Brothers, Sue Pollard from Hi-de-Hi!, Bernie Clifton and Joe Pasquale.

The Big Issue is a street newspaper founded by John Bird and Gordon Roddick in September 1991 and published on four continents. It is written by professional journalists and sold by individuals.

Its charitable foundation helps enable people who are homeless take control of their lives and earn a legitimate income.

Paul McNamee, editor of The Big Issue, posted on Twitter: “Very excited by our Summer Special, featuring old school greats including , Bernie Clifton, Chuckle Brothers & Sooty. What are you waiting for?

Mr McNamee is the first editor to manage The Big Issue across all national and regional editions as well as online.

A regular media commentator, he has been named Editor of the Year three times by PPA Scotland, and was named British Editor of The Year in 2013 and 2016 by the BSME (British Society of Magazine Editors).

 

Fr Frankie pops in to say ‘hello’ at church show!

Jimmy Cricket posted on Facebook: Wonderful evening at St Bartholomew’s Parish Church in Great Harwood with the double act, (and Anglian Priests), #jackandkrac better known as Chris and Alex, alongside Andy on sound, and #FatherFrankie popped in to say hello to everyone! 🎭

One of Jimmy Cricket’s sons paid an impromptu visit during a show in east Lancashire.

Famous entertainer Jimmy, 72, was performing on the same bill as Fr Alex Frost and Rev Chris Krawiec, two Church of England curates known as the double comedy act Jack and Krac.

And comedian-turned-Roman Catholic priest Fr Frankie Mulgrew turned up at the event which took place at St Bartholomew’s Parish Church in Great Harwood.

Jimmy said on social media that it had been a “wonderful evening” and added: “#FatherFrankie popped in to say hello to everyone! 🎭”

Опубліковано Jimmy Cricket Субота, 21 липня 2018 р.

NHS70: Jimmy Cricket’s tribute to UK institution

jimmy Cricket paid tribute to the NHS

Jimmy Cricket has paid tribute to the UK’s National Health Service, which turned 70 earlier this month.

The NHS was born on 5 July 1948, with the promise of healthcare from cradle to grave, free at the point of use for everyone.

Today, it is the UK’s largest employer, with more than 1.5 million staff from all over the world working in 350 different careers. Its budget for 2018-19 is around £125 billion.

In an interview for the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals website (NHS Foundation Trust), 72-year-old Jimmy  – described as a “legendary welly-wearing funny man” – insisted the NHS should be preserved for generations to come.

He said: “It’s a humanitarian goal that every single person, race colour or creed or whatever their income, gets medical attention.

“In fact, when people go abroad and have to spend fortunes, they realise how blessed and lucky we are in this country to have the NHS.”

Jimmy, who spends a fair bit of time in Blackpool doing shows at the popular Lyndene Hotel on the promenade, added: “Let’s keep the NHS for our children and for our children’s children.”

Read the full story at https://www.bfwh.nhs.uk/come-closer-and-listen-to-comics-thoughts-on-nhs/

NHS70 is running celebrations throughout the year – for details on how to get involved, visit the NHS70 website.

Settling some old scores in the dressing room…

Jimmy Cricket's new play is called No more Fiffen and Faffen

The world premiere of Jimmy Cricket’s play is now just two months away.

No more Fiffing and Faffing will be staged for the first time 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.

Read more about the play and book online here.

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

Jimmy’s LEP column: My tribute to a great agent

Jimmy Cricket's June column in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket has been paying tribute to “one of the all-time great theatrical agents” in his latest column in the Lancashire Evening Post.

The 72-year-old comedian recalls the career of Phyllis Rounce, who also managed the likes of Rod Hull and Emu, and Tony Hancock.

Rod Hull was a comedian, best known as a popular entertainer on British television in the 1970s and 1980s. He rarely appeared without Emu, a mute, highly aggressive arm-length puppet modelled on the Australian flightless emu bird.

Hancock was a high-profile comedian and actor during the 1950s and early 1960s, enjoying major success with his BBC series Hancock’s Half Hour, first broadcast on radio and then on television.

Jimmy said Phyllis – who was known as Phil to her friends – was an “exceptional manager who went the extra mile for her artistes”.

He added that she “had a love affair with showbusiness that started during the Second World War.

“She realised the part entertainment could play in boosting soldiers’ morale and keepng their spirits up on the way to the front.

“How lucky was I to be guided by a lady with such a caring nature and such creative vision.”

On social media channel Twitter, Jimmy said the June column in the Preston-based LEP was his “dedication and tribute to one of the all-time great theatrical agents in the world of showbusiness”.