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Back in Blackpool for another season at the popular Lyndene Hotel

Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

Jimmy Cricket has started his 2017 residency at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool.

His opening night of what is a 22-date season was 21 January and he has five shows lined up there for February, beginning on Wednesday (the full schedule is below).

The rest of Jimmy’s visits will span the coming spring and autumn, with November being the busiest month for him when he will perform there every Wednesday and Saturday.

Much-loved Northern Irish comedian Jimmy, 71,  said: “I was thrilled my 2017 opener went well and a lot of people were present, even though it was a cold January night in Blackpool!”

Jimmy Cricket performing at the Lyndene Hotel

The Lyndene is one of Blackpool’s unique locations as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

For this hotel perched on the Blackpool seafront,  after the illuminations season ends each year it is straight into its Christmas season with turkey and tinsel stays.

Then post-Christmas and at the start of each New Year, the Lyndene offers attractive packages to keep the hotel ticking over until after Easter, when the early summer season arrives.

Jimmy added: “I am really pleased to have kicked off my 2017 season there as I enjoy being associated with the hotel, and Blackpool always has been – and will continue to be – one of my most favourite places to entertain.”

The famous entertainer appeared at the hotel over the 2015 August Bank Holiday weekend and was so popular he was invited back for a spring run of 32 dates during the first part of last year.

A list of Jimmy’s shows for this year is below.

Lyndene dates 2017

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, folks!

Jimmy Cricket's Christmas card features new US president Donald TrumpDear readers,

I cannot believe 2016 is coming to an end and the Christmas season is once more upon us.

This year has been a fantastic one for me personally as it all started back in January with a service led by the Bishop of Salford to formally award me with my Papal Knighthood.

During the year I have also been fortunate to have:

·         Been involved in some great shows, such as the You Must Be Joking, which toured Northern Ireland back in the spring, and the opening weekend of The Good Old Days autumn season at the world-famous City Varieties Theatre in Leeds

·         Made a couple of appearances alongside my friend Tony Crane and the iconic 60s band The Merseybeats

·         Had trips to Spain to appear in some lovely venues around the Costa Blanca region

·         Paid visits to the Warner Leisure sites at Nidd Hall in Harrogate and Bembridge on the Isle of Wight

·         Did a spring season at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

·         Continued to write a monthly column in the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post

·         And managed, at long last, to launch a new Christmas CD for the Francis House Children’s Hospice – a project I’ve been wanting to get off the ground for a couple of years. As I write this, I am nearing sales of more than 1,300 from this year’s festive period.

This Christmas I am at the White Rose Theatre in Leeds featuring in a panto production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

And then when we get into 2017, I immediately fly off to Tenerife for an appearance there early in the New Year!

And there’s more…

… Other highlights for 2017 include a return to the Benidorm Palace in March alongside Gerry and the Pacemakers; another residency back at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool over the winter, spring and the autumn; teaming up with my pals from  show band group Clubsound for a night in Northern Ireland In April; a visit to the Wayside Cheer Hotel in Guernsey over the Easter weekend; a voyage with Cruise & Maritime Voyages around the Faroe Islands in July; and plenty more to keep me out of mischief!

If you see me advertised at any venue near you in 2017, please do come along and say ‘Hi’!

That reminds me… can I thank all those who over the last year have either seen one of my shows, or browsed this website, or bought one of my CDs or DVDs.

All that remains for me to say, dear readers, is have a happy Christmas and a great start to the New Year!

Jimmy Cricket's signature

Christmas cheer for Jimmy Cricket’s return

Performers at the show in Wisbech

Festive fun was had by all when Jimmy Cricket visited the Cambridgeshire town of Wisbech at the beginning of December.

The popular entertainer was there to appear at the Tower Ballroom for two Christmas shows that had been scheduled for the afternoon and early evening.

Jimmy Cricket with friends in Wisbech

It was the second successive Christmas visit Jimmy had made to Wisbech.

Both shows for this year’s return visit were packed and alongside Jimmy was the hugely talented instrumentalist Sean Moyes, Jimmy’s wife, the female vocalist May Marion, and the locally based Nine Lives Theatre Company.

The show was produced by Jimmy’s good friends Ian and Michelle Larkin, who runs the Nine Lives Theatre Company.

Jimmy said: “A big thanks to Michelle’s dad for providing overnight accommodation after the show for me and May.”

As this was another hugely popular visit from Jimmy, there is talk of a third appearance in Wisbech from him in the not-too-distant future.

Jimmy Cricket and May Marion (Mrs Cricket) with friends in Wisbech

Jimmy Cricket panto features in Leeds mag

Jimmy Cricket will star in a pantomime production of the classic fairytale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Leeds over Christmas and New Year

Jimmy Cricket’s latest pantomime is the focus of an article in a city lifestyle magazine.

The famous entertainer, 71, who is currently playing the Court Jester in the classic fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  at the White Rose Theatre, was interviewed for the Leeds-based Northside publication.

The article on Jimmy Cricket appeared in the Leeds-based Northside publication

It has been published in the December edition to tie in with Jimmy’s appearance in the panto, which opened on Thursday (8 December).

The White Rose Theatre is a new 1,400-seater arena, which has been built in a large marquee complex located within the premises of the Tetley contemporary arts gallery and near Leeds’ main train station.

It also features reality TV celebrity Scotty T, who won this year’s Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5 and plays the role of Prince Charming.

Actors Louis Emerick (from Last of the Summer Wine and Brookside fame) and Tupele Dorgu (who has appeared in Coronation Street and Hollyoaks) are the Royal Tax Collector and the Wicked Queen respectively.

And there will be cameo performances from children’s TV programme Rainbow’s George and Zippy, plus a recorded sequence starring Jimmy’s very good friend and fellow comedian Ken Dodd.

* The show will run until 1 January 2017 and tickets are now on sale –  visit www.whiterosetheatre.com or ring 0113 870 7769.

Charity Christmas CD and Snow White panto treat

Jimmy Cricket's column in the Lancashire Evening PostJimmy Cricket has been looking back in his latest newspaper column on his recent visit to a top shopping centre – and looking ahead to the pantomime he is starring in, which starts tonight (8 December).

Jimmy’s promotion of his new charity Christmas CD continued at the Intu Trafford Centre on the outskirts of Manchester.

Jimmy Cricket’s new Christmas CD is in aid of the Francis House Children’s Hospice

The popular 71-year-old comedian was invited to perform some tracks from the CD, entitled Santa bring my wellies back to me,  on the stage area of the Orient section of the mall.

Volunteers and staff from the Francis House Children’s Hospice – the very worthy cause Jimmy’s CD is in aid of – were also present.

In his December column for the Lancashire Evening Post, Jimmy says: “I had a very enjoyable time doing my couple of numbers up on the stage and then rushing down to the stall to help our wonderful volunteers sell CDs for those who wanted to take home the experience.”

* The new charity Christmas CD is available to buy from this website through a PayPal facility or in person directly from the hospice.

‘Mouth-watering treat for all ages’

Jimmy will play the Court Jester in the classic fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the White Rose Theatre in Leeds City centre from 8 December to 1 January.

The White Rose Theatre is a new 1,400-seater arena, erected in a large marquee complex located within the premises of the Tetley contemporary arts gallery and near the city’s main train station.

This first evening performance on Friday 9 December will be a special charity preview of the show, where three local charities will stand to benefit greatly as all ticket sales will be shared out between them.

The panto also features reality TV celebrity Scotty T, who won this year’s Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5 and will play the role of Prince Charming.

Actors Louis Emerick (from Last of the Summer Wine and Brookside fame) and Tupele Dorgu (who has featured in Coronation Street and Hollyoaks) will play the roles of the Royal Tax Collector and the Wicked Queen respectively.

And there will be cameo performances from children’s TV programme Rainbow’s George and Zippy, plus a recorded sequence starring Jimmy’s very good friend and fellow comedian Ken Dodd.

In his Lancashire Evening Post column , Jimmy says:  “This year we’ll have the new heartthrob from television Scotty T as the Prince.

“Also Geoffrey and Zippy from Rainbow will be helping me to give the wicked queen her comeuppance and we’ll even have the great Ken Dodd appear on video within the magic mirror.

“Yes, a mouth-watering treat for all ages.”

* The show will run from 8 December 2016 to 1 January 2017 and tickets are now on sale –  visit www.whiterosetheatre.com or ring 0113 870 7769.

Jimmy Cricket will star in a pantomime production of the classic fairytale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Leeds over Christmas and New Year

Christmas pantomime rehearsals set to start

Jimmy Cricket will star in a pantomime production of the classic fairytale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Leeds over Christmas and New Year

Popular veteran entertainer Jimmy Cricket is about to begin rehearsals for the pantomime he will feature in over the Christmas and New Year period.

The 71-year-old comedian will play the Court Jester in the classic fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the White Rose Theatre in Leeds City centre from 8 December 2016 to 1 January.

The White Rose Theatre is a new 1,400-seater arena, erected in a large marquee complex located within the premises of the Tetley contemporary arts gallery and near the city’s main train station.

This first evening performance on Friday 9 December will be a special charity preview of the show, where three local charities will stand to benefit greatly as all ticket sales will be shared out between them.

The panto also features reality TV celebrity Scotty T, who won this year’s Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5 and will play the role of Prince Charming.

Actors Louis Emerick (from Last of the Summer Wine and Brookside fame) and Tupele Dorgu (who has featured in Coronation Street and Hollyoaks) will play the roles of the Royal Tax Collector and the Wicked Queen respectively.

And there will be cameo performances from children’s TV programme Rainbow’s George and Zippy, plus a recorded sequence starring Jimmy’s very good friend and fellow comedian Ken Dodd.

* The show will run from 8 December 2016 to 1 January 2017 and tickets are now on sale –  visit www.whiterosetheatre.com or ring 0113 870 7769.

Christmas CD visit to Trafford Centre shines spotlight on Francis House Children’s Hospice

Jimmy Cricket with the St Patrick's RC school choir

Jimmy Cricket’s promotion of his new charity Christmas CD continued with a recent visit to the prestigious Intu Trafford Centre on the outskirts of Manchester.

The popular 71-year-old comedian was invited to to perform some tracks from the CD, entitled Santa bring my wellies back to me,  on the stage area of the Orient section of the mall.

Brian and Maxine Warner

Jimmy Cricket outside the Intu Trafford Centre near ManchesterIt was all arranged by the Trafford Centre’s Community Development manager, Charlotte Brown, who was a tremendous help in getting Jimmy’s visit off the ground.

Accompanying Jimmy on the stage of the Trafford Centre were other singers who helped him record his Christmas CD earlier in the year.

This included members of the St Patrick’s RC Primary School Choir from Jimmy’s hometown of Rochdale. They were superbly supported by not only their choir leaders, but also their head of school and executive head, along with a large group of parents who came to cheer on their performance at the Trafford Centre.

The cast was completed by Brian and Maxine Warner (above left) – who used to be the lead singers of one of the UK’s top corporate bands called Lemon Tree – and Jimmy’s wife, May Marion.

Volunteers and staff from the Francis House Children’s Hospice – the very worthy cause Jimmy’s CD is in aid of – were also present.

Jimmy said: “I was very pleased with the visit as not only was there a steady flow of CD sales throughout, but most importantly the whole exercise granted an invaluable spotlight on the hospice and its invaluable work.”

* The new charity Christmas CD is available to buy from this website through a PayPal facility or in person directly from the hospice.

Ken Dodd, Christmas CD and those stolen wellies

Jimmy Cricket's column in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket has been talking about his long-time friend and comedy legend Ken Dodd – and the concrete wellington boots stolen from his back garden four years ago.

Ken had given the wellies to Rochdale-based entertainer Jimmy as a 50th birthday present, but they vanished overnight and have not been seen since.

As well as featuring catchphrases like “come closer!” and “…and there’s more!” in his act, Northern Irishman Jimmy is also famous for wearing wellingtons marked with the letters R and L, but on the wrong feet, on stage.

In his latest column for the Lancashire Evening Post, Jimmy recalls the moment he reported the theft.

“The lady at the police station desk could hardly keep a straight face as she wrote down my description of the stolen items – a pair of grey concrete wellington boots with the inscription: ‘To Jimmy from Ken, lots of happiness.'”

Jimmy, 71, says that even though he got a replacement pair of wellies off eBay – again signed by Ken – he would still like the originals back – as illustrated in the title of his new new charity Christmas CD, Santa bring my wellies back to me.

Of his friendship with Ken, Jimmy says: “Even today Ken is enthralling audiences with his five and six-hour marathon shows.

“There’ll never be another and I’m proud to call him my friend.”

* Jimmy’s charity Christmas CD  is available to buy from this website through a PayPal facility or in person directly from the Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Trafford Centre near Manchester is venue for Christmas CD promotion

The countdown begins to Christmas panto in Leeds

Jimmy Cricket will star in a pantomime production of the classic fairytale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Leeds over Christmas and New Year

A pantomime which will star famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket is now only five weeks away.

Ever-popular comedian Jimmy, whose last panto appearance was at Preston’s Charter Theatre two years ago, will play the Court Jester in the classic fairytale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

It will be staged at a brand new venue that is being set up in the centre of Leeds for the festive season.

The White Rose Theatre will be a new 1,400-seater arena, which will be erected in a large marquee complex located within the premises of the Tetley contemporary arts gallery and near the city’s main train station.

The company behind this new venue, Mobile Structures, also supply temporary performance areas to festivals such as Glastonbury and to the Disney company for the presentation of their popular ice shows around Europe.

This Leeds pantomime features reality TV celebrity Scotty T, who won this year’s Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5 and will play the role of Prince Charming.

Actors Louis Emerick (from Last of the Summer Wine and Brookside fame) and Tupele Dorgu (who has featured in Coronation Street and Hollyoaks) will play the roles of the Royal Tax Collector and the Wicked Queen respectively.

And there will be cameo performances from children’s TV programme Rainbow’s George and Zippy, plus a recorded sequence starring Jimmy’s very good friend and fellow comedian Ken Dodd.

* The show will run from 8 December 2016 to 1 January 2017 and tickets are now on sale –  visit www.whiterosetheatre.com or ring 0113 870 7769.