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Sales of first live DVD approach 8,000 mark

Sales of Jimmy Cricket’s first live DVD are approaching 8,000.

Jimmy Cricket Live - Pull Your Seats Forward

Jimmy Cricket Live – Pull Your Seats Forward was created by the famous comedian’s family company, Wellie Boot Productions, in 2010.

Belfast-born Jimmy produced the DVD in response to the overwhelming public clamour that suggested there was a real demand for a recording of his stand-up entertainment.

It was filmed at the Royal Court Theatre in Bacup, Lancashire, near Jimmy’s adopted home of Rochdale in Greater Manchester.

The DVD is an hour and 10 minutes long and includes Jimmy’s favourite routines, a phone call and letter from his mammy, his famous Leaving Home poem, his sentimental ballad called I’m Dreaming of a Far off Land and 20 minutes of extras.

The sales figure is particularly impressive as the DVD is not available in retail outlets: it can only be bought via the Go Shopping page on this website or at one of his live shows.

Jimmy said: “Just coming up to 8,000 sales on my DVD, Pull your seats forward. A big thank you to all those people who have bought one. As they’re not on general release, it means those who got one at my show got a handshake and those that went through my website got a personal letter.”

Above is an edited version of a trailer of Jimmy Cricket live at the Royal Court Theatre in Bacup. Journalist and Cricket Times editor Martin Hamer asks Jimmy all about the show in an interview which includes exclusive excerpts from the DVD. The full longer version of the interview can be viewed below.

Jimmy and May attend ‘a wonderful wedding’

Lexi Hamer and Chris Rodgers
The happy couple Chris Rodgers and Lexi Hamer

Jimmy Cricket and his wife May recently attended the wedding of some very good friends in their adopted home town of Rochdale.

The marriage of Lexi Hamer and Chris Rodgers took place at St Vincent’s RC Church in Norden, where Fr Paul Brindle celebrated mass, and was followed by a reception at Rochdale Rugby Union Club in Bamford.

Jimmy Cricket's pictures from the wedding

Lexi is the daughter of Martin and Carole Hamer, who live in Norden, and Chris is the son of Cathryn and Eric Rodgers, who reside in Shawclough.

More than 100 guests in total attended the buffet meal and the evening celebration.

Famous comedian Jimmy tweeted later: “Been to the wonderful Wedding today of #LexiHamer and #ChrisRodgersalongside the father and mother of the bride #MartinHamer (editor of The Cricket Times and Lecturer at Salford University), and #CaroleHamer alongside their family and friends at #StVincentsCatholicChurch and afterwards at the Rochdale Rugby Union Club!”

Irish-themed shows at London hotel during 2019

 

The Irish Cabaret buffet and dance events will take place during 2019 at the Best Western Plus Grims Dyke Hotel in in Harrow Weald, London

Belfast-born Jimmy Cricket will be appearing as part of an Irish-themed series of shows next year.

The well-known comedian will headline one of the Irish Cabaret buffet and dance events taking place during 2019 at the Best Western Plus Grims Dyke Hotel in Harrow Weald, London.

All-round entertainer Jimmy, 72, will be performing on Friday 17 May and there will be a full supporting cast.

The shows run from 8pm to midnight and cost £39 per person,which includes all the entertainment and a buffet. An overnight stay with bed and breakfast would be an additional £60.

Telephone 020 8385 3100 for more details.

Jimmy tweeted: “Dates for an “Irish Show” throughout 2019 with compere and organiser Gerry Molumby, show months are February, May, August and December!”

 

‘Never uses bad language, but such a funny guy’

 

The Jimmy Cricket Laughter Show takes place on Sunday 9 December at 8pmJimmy Cricket will host one of his comedy shows at a football club in the West Country in December.

The famous entertainer will be performing at Axminster Town FC, which is based in Devon.

The Jimmy Cricket Laughter Show takes place on Sunday 9 December at 8pm.

Organiser Alan West,  himself a country singer, songwriter and performer, said: “My buddy Jimmy Cricket is heading our way in December…..One of the funniest chaps I think I’ve ever met….Tickets are limited and available now.”

In response to Alan’s post on social media channel Facebook, Rich May commented: “Great guy Alan. Never swears or uses bad language but such a funny guy enjoy the night 👍.”

And Sandra King said: “Remember him at Seaton!! 2 tickets may need 4! XX”

To book a ticket for Jimmy’s show in December, ring 07773 768110.

BBC Pebble Mill at One – images from 1996 show

Pebble Mill from March 1996 - @TheRossKing welcomes (amongst others) Jimmy @jimmy__cricket and The Barron Knights

Jimmy Cricket had a trip down memory lane recently when he was reminded of his appearance on BBC’s Pebble Mill at One more than 22 years ago.

The famous comedian appeared on the show, hosted by Ross King, along with The Barron Knights, a British humorous pop group, originally formed in 1959 in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

Pebble Mill at One was a live daily chat show broadcast on weekdays at 1pm on BBC One, screened from 2 October 1972 to 23 May 1986 and again from 20 October 1991 to 25 May 1996.

It was transmitted from the Pebble Mill studios at BBC Birmingham, being hosted unusually from the centre’s main foyer area, rather than a conventional television studio.

It was a posting on social media channel Twitter, which provided the flashback for Jimmy.

The tweet, from Dame Agnes Guano (@agnes_guano), said:  “Pebble Mill from March 1996 – welcomes (amongst others) Jimmy and The Barron Knights.”

Ross King MBE is a Scottish television presenter, actor and writer best known for being LA Correspondent for ITV  breakfast programmes Lorraine and Good Morning Britain. He hosted Pebble Mill at One for five years.

Dancing on Ice winner in Benidorm Palace show

Wonderful show tonight @Benidorm_palace with organiser and Compère and artist @steviespit and Company

Reality TV star Jack Quickenden also took to the stage when Jimmy Cricket made his latest appearance at the famous Benidorm Palace.

Well-known entertainer Jimmy has performed at the venue in the Alicante region of Spain several times over the past few years and his latest visit there was on Sunday 23 September.

Jimmy, 72, posted on Twitter: “Wonderful show tonight with organiser and Compère and artist and Company with the huge vocal talent of alongside the great guitarist, singer songwriter talent of

Jake, an English singer and reality television personality, later tweeted a video of him performing at the Palace with the words: “Little snippet of “afraid to be lonely” last night in Benidorm, great crowd and great gig for two amazing causes.”

He was a contestant on the ninth and 11th series of The X Factor in 2012 and 2014, before being runner-up in series 14 of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! four years ago.

Earlier this year, he won the 10th series of Dancing on Ice,  partnering professional German figure skater Vanessa Bauer.

He was a contestant on the ninth and 11th series of The X Factor in 2012 and 2014, before being runner-up in series 14 of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! four years ago. Earlier this year, he won the 10th series of Dancing on Ice,  partnering professional German figure skater Vanessa Bauer.

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 from pneumonia aged 74.

Chas, who was one half of the musical duo Chas and Dave, passed away peacefully in his sleep.

He had been suffering from oesophageal cancer, but his family has said in a statement that it was under control at the time of his death.

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.