Earlier on the cruise, they visited the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, the resting place for the relics of the apostle St James and the finishing point for a popular pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James).
And later they went to the National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional) in Lisbon, in which important Portuguese personalities – including Eusébio – are buried. Eusébio da Silva Ferreira is considered by many as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
On their return, Jimmy posted on social media (see photo below): “Back on dry land and my thanks to one of the newer Cruise Companies @CMVoyages for looking after us so well, here with fellow artist onboard Gary with his family!”
Jimmy Cricket has paid tribute to the UK’s National Health Service, which turned 70 earlier this month.
The NHS was born on 5 July 1948, with the promise of healthcare from cradle to grave, free at the point of use for everyone.
Today, it is the UK’s largest employer, with more than 1.5 million staff from all over the world working in 350 different careers. Its budget for 2018-19 is around £125 billion.
In an interview for the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals website (NHS Foundation Trust), 72-year-old Jimmy – described as a “legendary welly-wearing funny man” – insisted the NHS should be preserved for generations to come.
He said: “It’s a humanitarian goal that every single person, race colour or creed or whatever their income, gets medical attention.
“In fact, when people go abroad and have to spend fortunes, they realise how blessed and lucky we are in this country to have the NHS.”
Jimmy, who spends a fair bit of time in Blackpool doing shows at the popular Lyndene Hotel on the promenade, added: “Let’s keep the NHS for our children and for our children’s children.”
Jimmy Cricket has been paying tribute to “one of the all-time great theatrical agents” in his latest column in the Lancashire Evening Post.
The 72-year-old comedian recalls the career of Phyllis Rounce, who also managed the likes of Rod Hull and Emu, and Tony Hancock.
Rod Hull was a comedian, best known as a popular entertainer on British television in the 1970s and 1980s. He rarely appeared without Emu, a mute, highly aggressive arm-length puppet modelled on the Australian flightless emu bird.
Hancock was a high-profile comedian and actor during the 1950s and early 1960s, enjoying major success with his BBC series Hancock’s Half Hour, first broadcast on radio and then on television.
Jimmy said Phyllis – who was known as Phil to her friends – was an “exceptional manager who went the extra mile for her artistes”.
He added that she “had a love affair with showbusiness that started during the Second World War.
“She realised the part entertainment could play in boosting soldiers’ morale and keepng their spirits up on the way to the front.
“How lucky was I to be guided by a lady with such a caring nature and such creative vision.”
On social media channel Twitter, Jimmy said the June column in the Preston-based LEP was his “dedication and tribute to one of the all-time great theatrical agents in the world of showbusiness”.
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.
Jimmy Cricket recently shared the stage with Toyah Willcox who rose to fame as a singer in the 70s.
In a career spanning four decades, Toyah has had eight Top 40 singles, released over 20 albums, written two books, appeared in over 40 stage plays and 10 feature films, and voiced and presented numerous television shows.
For six years from 1977, she fronted the band Toyah, before embarking on a solo career in the mid-1980s. Her biggest hits include It’s a Mystery, Thunder in the Mountains and I Want to Be Free.
She and Northern Irish comedian Jimmy performed at the Bamber Bridge Catholic Club near Preston in Lancashire in aid of the charity, Dogs for Good.
Jimmy Cricket remembered the late Jim Bowen in his most recent monthly newspaper column in the Lancashire Post.
Broadcaster and comedian Jim, best known for hosting darts-based game show Bullseye in the 1980s and ’90s, died on 14 March at the age of 80.
And Jimmy told some nostalgic anecdotes about his good friend’s life and career in the 26 March edition of the Preston-based paper.
It included the time when presenter Eamonn Andrews arrived on a train to present Jim with the famous Big Red Book on This is Your Life.
Former deputy headmaster Jim, who lived in North Lancashire, began his career as a stand-up comedian on the club circuit in the 1960s. He became a household name when he began presenting Bullseye in 1981. The Sunday tea time show ran for 14 years.
And Jimmy recalled how he threw some darts for charity on Bullseye, while Jim did a sketch with him on his own television show And There’s More.
Click here to watch Jimmy’s appearance on Bullseye.