Jimmy 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.
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.
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!”
Jimmy 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 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!
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.
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!
Jimmy Cricket’s sole appearance in the Republic of Ireland this year has been the subject of a recent newspaper article.
The show on Saturday 29 April in Donegal was featured in the Letterkenny Post.
The An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny will welcome Jimmy for his gig where every ticket is a tenner – although in this case it will be 10 euros and not the usual £10!
As always, ever-popular entertainer Jimmy has a special concessionary rate for U16s who come along and these tickets are priced at five euros.
Belfast-born Jimmy was last in County Donegal last autumn when he appeared at the Balor Theatre in Ballybofey. Joining him on that occasion was surprise guest and Donegal-based comedian Andy McGranaghan.
Andy did a great job for Jimmy at this show and they got on really well, so when Andy suggested he should come back to Donegal to appear at his local theatre in neighbouring Letterkenny, Jimmy thought it was a marvellous idea.
Hence on 29 April (8pm start) Jimmy and Andy will join forces once more to provide those present with an evening of fun, frivolity, and a barrel-full of laughs!
To buy tickets or get more information, visit www.angrianan.com
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.
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.
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.”
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.”