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A look back to when Mrs Cricket was also surprised on TV’s This Is Your Life!

Jimmy Cricket's May column in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket has been recalling the day he was presented with the famous ‘big red book’ on This Is Your Life – and how his wife May also got a massive surprise!

In his latest column for the Lancashire Evening Post, Jimmy explained how in the late 1980s he had been asked by his publishers to go to London for the launch of his Letters From My Mammy book.

Jimmy was informed the event was going to take place on a building site the following day, when in reality he was going to be met by This Is Your Life presenter Eamonn Andrews.

In the popular and long-running show, the host would spring unexpectedly on a special guest, before going to a studio to take them through their life with the assistance of the ‘big red book’ and the help of friends and family.

The surprise element was a very important part of the show; if the guest heard about the plans beforehand, it would immediately be abandoned.

After arriving in London, Jimmy bumped into his sister-in-law Evelyn much to his amazement (and hers!), as she had moved to Australia several years earlier.

Evelyn had been asked to come back to appear on the show and clearly hadn’t expected to meet Jimmy in the street, but she managed to come up with a story that she had returned to Britain as a special surprise for her sister May, Jimmy’s wife.

Hence, as things turned out, Jimmy was able to turn the tables on May during the show by telling her that Evelyn was in fact there (May had been told her sister could not make it).

The show was broadcast on Wednesday 4 November, the eve of Eamonn Andrews’ death.

This Is Your Life was originally broadcast live, and alternated between on the BBC and  on ITV over the years.

Watch Jimmy’s show below:

No more Fiffing and Faffing – the poster

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

Here’s the poster publicising Jimmy Cricket’s forthcoming play, No more Fiffing and Faffing.

It will be staged for the first time at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday 16 September at 7.30pm.

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, 72, has previously written three musicals, Let’s Hear It For The Wee Man, Maloney’s Big Moment and Give Me One Good Season.

Blackburn theatre to host Jimmy Cricket’s new play

Jimmy Cricket performing previously at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn
Jimmy performing previously at the Blackburn Empire Theatre

Jimmy Cricket’s new play will get its world premiere in the Lancashire town of Blackburn later this year.

No more Fiffing and Faffing takes place at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday 16 September at 7.30pm.

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

Famous comedian Jimmy, 72, has previously written three musicals, Let’s Hear It For The Wee Man, Maloney’s Big Moment and Give Me One Good Season.

 

A reunion of old friends at the Lyndene Hotel

Great to catch up with old friends @LyndeneHotel with Frankie who was a Redcoat with me, Mal Ford got up for a song, alongside Mal Dixon, star from films Star Wars, Harry Potter, Willy Wonky, etc, with his lovely wife Anita and Lyall, (magician)Jimmy Cricket enjoyed a reunion with some old pals at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool where he has been performing regularly over the past few years.

Among those the famous comedian caught up with recently was actor Malcolm Dixon, who played a character in Star Wars, and his wife Anita.

Star Wars is an American epic space movie franchise based on the series created by George Lucas. It depicts the adventures of various characters “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”.

Malcolm played Leektar in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.

Jimmy posted on Twitter: Great to catch up with old friends with Frankie who was a Redcoat with me, Mal Ford got up for a song, alongside Mal Dixon, star from films Star Wars, Harry Potter, Willy Wonky, etc, with his lovely wife Anita and Lyall, (magician).

And there’s more… Twitter jokes from Jimmy

Jimmy Cricket on Twitter

Jimmy Cricket, the well-known Northern Irish comedian, regularly uses social media to tell some of his famous one-liners.

And here is a selection of some he has posted on Twitter over the past few months.

Come closer folks… so I’m looking at a shrivelled-up fried egg on my plate and I’m thinking, you’re not what you’re cracked up to be!

They keep putting up give way signs. Where will it all end?

My uncle Patrick has fallen on his feet. He’s got a painting and decorating shop and he’s now selling Brexit wallpaper… it’s got a soft border!

People have their time in history. For instance, Alexander Graham Bell invented the phone, but if Thomas Edison hadn’t invented the light bulb before him he wouldn’t have been able to find it.

I’ve just been offered a job advertising sleeping bags… it’s all very hush hush at the moment.

So I said to Mrs Cricket:  Why do we need a new vacuum cleaner?” She said: “‘Cause the old one sucks!”

It was pouring down when we got to the pet shop yesterday. In fact, it was raining cats and dogs and guinea pigs!

I’ve got a bump on my head. It’s my own fault for trying to swim in the bath!

I love Dr Billy Graham’s quote about Heaven: “When they say I’ve died, don’t believe them. I haven’t died. I’ve just changed address.”

My cousin Rufus has got the sack from his job as a railway station master because of a complaint from a lady train driver… she said he’s been sending out the wrong signals!

Read more of Jimmy’s jokes and keep up to date with everything he’s doing at https://twitter.com/jimmy__cricket

Michael Bublé tribute part of charity dinner event

Jimmy Cricket is performing at the Royal Arms Hotel in Sutton Cheney, near Market Bosworth in Leicestershire

A silver-voiced singer, comedy magician and Michael Bublé tribute act will share the stage with Jimmy Cricket next month.

The 72-year-old entertainer is performing at The Royal Arms Hotel in Sutton Cheney, near Market Bosworth in Leicestershire on Thursday 21 June.

A three-course meal and close-up table magic are also on the menu at the charity dinner show.

Enjoying Lyndene shows and Blackpool sunshine

Jimmy Cricket at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool, Lancashire

Jimmy Cricket has been performing again at the popular Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool – and appreciating the recent fine weather.

Much-loved Northern Irish comedian Jimmy, 72, has done shows regularly over the past few years at the hotel on the Promenade.

And he tweeted after one of his latest performances there: “Wednesday night here on a gorgeous sunny Blackpool evening here in Lancashire.”

Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

The Lyndene, which is perched on the seafront, is one of Blackpool’s unique locations as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

Jimmy will be next be performing there on Saturday 26 May and Wednesday 30 May.

Visit the hotel’s website here.

‘Wonderful cake’ from my Facebook friend Julie

Jimmy Cricket posted on Facebook: "Big thanks to my Facebook friend Julie Dolphin for this wonderful cake she made and presented to me"

Jimmy Cricket was presented with a special cake at a show in Staffordshire.

The famous entertainer was performing at Hednesford Ex Serviceman’s Club in Cannock – an event that had been rescheduled due to the bad weather earlier in the year.

And afterwards, the comedian posted on Twitter: “Great night at “The Soldiers Club”, Hednesford, with organiser Chris Warsop with the fabulous band called ”Touch”, with big thanks to my Facebook friend Julie Dolphin for this wonderful cake she made and presented to me!”

What is Syd of Little and Large fame doing now?

Jimmy Cricket's April column in the Lancashire Post

Jimmy Cricket devoted his latest monthly column in the Lancashire Evening Post to a man who was one half of a famous comedy double act.

Well-known Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy talks in the 30 April edition of the Preston-based newspaper about Syd Little who formed a great show business partnership with Eddie Large.

Syd was the straight man in the Little and Large act, while Eddie Large was generally the funny guy. They had a TV series and appeared in theatres and pantomimes for many years before they split when Eddie had serious health problems.

Syd now performs on cruise ships, most notably on the QE2 (which was retired from active Cunard service on 27 November 2008), and also runs a restaurant in his hometown of Fleetwood in Lancashire called The Steamer with his wife Sheree.