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Faroe Islands visit is part of Atlantic Ocean cruise

Jimmy Cricket outside the Aarstova restaurant on the Faroe Islands

Tórshavn Cathedral on the Faroe IslandsJimmy Cricket visited a turf-roofed restaurant and an 18th-century cathedral when he visited the Faroe Islands recently.

The famous entertainer, 71, had the chance to visit the group of islands, which are in the Atlantic Ocean, north west of Scotland.

The islands are a self-governing island territory of Denmark and have a population of nearly 50,000.

Jimmy visited the capital city of Tórshavn, which is on Streymoy Island. Tórshavn was founded in the 10th century and named after Thor, the god of thunder and lightning in Norse mythology. It is the political centre of the Faroes.

Among the places comedian Jimmy visited was a grass-roofed restaurant (top) – apparently, sheep are used to cut the grass when it grows! – and the city’s cathedral (above right).

The visit to Tórshavn was a port of call during a special Irish-themed cruise off the north coast of Scotland on the Magellan – a ship belonging to Cruise and Maritime Voyages – on which Jimmy was performing.

Cruising and performing on board the Magellan

Jimmy CricketEntertainer Jimmy Cricket spent a week in July performing on a special Irish-themed cruise on the Magellan – a ship belonging to Cruise and Maritime Voyages.

This short one-week cruise journeys up to the Faroe Islands and across to the Scottish Highlands.

Jimmy said: “It was a cruise around the Scottish islands. Starting at Liverpool, we covered the Shetlands, Orkney and then the Faroe Islands, taking in Dundee and Greenock! Played in the magnificent theatre cabaret with its fabulous sound and lighting!”

A new car or £5,000 – which would you choose?

Apollo Bingo winner with manager Dave and Jimmy Cricket

Jimmy Cricket was on hand to help a bingo player celebrate winning a big cash prize.

The choice for the lucky person whose ticket was pulled out at Apollo Bingo in Barrow-in-Furness was a new car or £5,000 – and she went for the money!

Famous funnyman Jimmy tweeted along with the picture above: “Here is winner of the 🚗but chose a prize of £5000 instead, which was the preferred option here alongside the manager Dave. 🎉🍾🍸

Jimmy Cricket at Apollo Bingo

Helping keep Rochdale Carers Choir on the road!

Rochdale Carers Choir

More than £200 was raised for a worthy charity at Jimmy Cricket’s recent jam night in Rochdale.

Local, national and sometimes international entertainers perform for nothing at the monthly event, which takes place at St Vincent’s RC Parish Centre in the Norden area of the Greater Manchester town.

Among the musicians at the latest jam evening in early July were the Rochdale Carers Choir (members of which are pictured above with Jimmy and below), Keith Swift, Liz Creagh and Nathan Birks.

Famous entertainer Jimmy, 71, said: “The money raised by our generous audience on the night went towards keeping the Carers Choir on the road!”

The choir was set up by carers at the resource centre in Rochdale in June 2012 and is going from strength to strength, with a membership of more than 30 led by choirmaster Philip Reynolds.
Members of Rochdale Carers Choir

Julius Caesar, UK prime ministers and Omnibus

Jimmy Cricket's column in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket talked about Julius Caesar, British prime ministers and an award-winning play written by one of his daughters in a recent newspaper column.

Writing in the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post (LEP), the famous entertainer, 71, mentions Omnibus, which was staged for the first time in Liverpool in June.

Omnibus, written by comedian Katie Mulgrew, was the winner two years ago of the first ever Liverpool Hope University play-writing prize. It is about a group of friends following a soap opera.

And she was given the opportunity to see her debut play on stage when it was performed at the Unity Theatre Liverpool in association with the Royal Court (which was closed for development work) to rave reviews!

Church parish in Kent hosts an art café event

Jimmy with Reverends Nathan Ward and Elaine Cranmer, and Clive who did the sound for the show

Jimmy Cricket paid a recent visit to St William Walderslade in Chatham, one of three churches within the Parish of Holy Trinity in the county of Kent.

Jimmy Cricket

The famous funnyman, 71, appeared on 2 July as part of the church’s 2016 series of art cafés to do a show for Reverends Nathan Ward and Elaine Cranmer, with Clive (all pictured above with Jimmy) on sound!

The parish is a partnership between the Church of England and the Methodist Church, sometimes called a Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP). It seeks to serve the communities of Blue Bell Hill, Lordswood and Walderslade in South Chatham.


Jimmy Cricket supported by a ‘great’ sixties band

Jimmy Cricket and friends

Jimmy Cricket posterJimmy Cricket teamed up with a sixties band when he took his Laughter Show to Cannock in Staffordshire at the start of July.

The well-known entertainer performed at the Heath Hayes Constitutional Club where he was supported by The Touch.

Jimmy tweeted afterwards: “Lovely evening at Heath Hayes Club with friends Chris and Julie with Tim, Andy, Stuart, Clive, the great band for the evening, ‘Touch’!”

Teddy bear’s picnic in Bury in aid of charity

Jimmy Cricket

Teddy bear's picnicJimmy Cricket helped to raise money to buy teddies for sick children in hospital recently.

The famous entertainer, 71, opened a fund-raising summer fayre – called the Teddy Bear’s Picnic – which took place at Hewlett Court in Bury, Greater Manchester, and was sponsored by the Freemasons.

Hewlett Court was opened in 1979 as a Masonic retirement home for the elderly. The home belongs to the East Lancashire Masonic Charity [ELMC].

It is situated in Holcombe Brook on the north side of Bury near the foot of Holcombe Hill.



Bentham show raised funds for local RC church

Jimmy Cricket and audience members

Jimmy Cricket recently appeared in a charity event to raise funds for a local Roman Catholic church in North Yorkshire.

The famous comedian, 71,  took his show to Bentham, which is west of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and on the northern edge of the Forest of Bowland.

Said Jimmy: “Wonderful evening for St Boniface RC Parish held at Bentham Town Hall with Fr Frank [Jimmy’s younger son] and organiser Brian and his family, with singer Keith Swift (who is pictured below).”

Frank Swift