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Sir Ken Dodd: Jimmy Cricket pays tribute at funeral in Liverpool

Jimmy Cricket was among those to pay a special tribute to the late Sir Ken Dodd at the legendary comedian’s funeral.

The Northern Irish entertainer joined other stars like actors Ricky Tomlinson, Stephanie Cole and Miriam Margolyes, and fellow comics Jimmy Tarbuck and Stan Boardman at the service at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday.

Sir Ken died at the age of 90 earlier this month.

Jimmy said he was “one of the most original, innovative and gifted comedians we’ll ever see”.

“Comedians like Ken only come once in a lifetime – we thank God today that he came in ours,” he told a packed congregation.

“He had time for everybody. He said we were all walking miracles, every one of us and we all had stories to tell.”

Fellow comedian Jimmy Cricket has been paying tribute to Sir Ken Dodd at his funeral.
BBC News

Members of the public lined the route taken by Sir Ken’s funeral cortege from his Knotty Ash home to the cathedral in his home city. Some of them sang his 1964 song Happiness as the horse-drawn hearse passed.

Tickling sticks were also placed around Liverpool in tribute to the famous entertainer who was loved by millions and whose shows would nearly always overrun, sometimes by hours.

The BBC called Sir Ken Dodd a comedy legend
The BBC called Sir Ken Dodd a comedy legend when it reported his death

Sir Ken Dodd: Jimmy Cricket pays tribute

The BBC called Sir Ken Dodd a comedy legend
The BBC described Sir Ken as “one of the most popular comedians of his time”

Jimmy Cricket was quick to pay tribute to his close friend and fellow comedian Sir Ken Dodd who has died aged 90.

Liverpool legend Sir Ken, creator of the Diddy Men, had recently been released from hospital after six weeks of treatment for a chest infection.

Only days before his death – which was announced this morning (Monday) – he married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, at their house in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash.

Said Jimmy: “Sir Ken Dodd was not only our greatest ever stand-up comedian but a genuinely nice man.”

Replying to the tribute, which Jimmy had posted on his Twitter account, entertainer Bernie Clifton said: “A World without Ken Dodd is a poorer, darker place. What a Man, I’ve lost a good friend. RIP Sir.”

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said a book of condolence would open later on Monday, tweeting: “We are comforted by the joy and happiness he brought the world.”

Actress and fellow Liverpudlian Claire Sweeney posted her own tribute on Twitter (below) and included photos from Sir Ken’s 90th birthday party in the city.

Fellow Liverpudlian and actress Claire Sweeney shared some photos of the star's 90th birthday party on Twitter

Jimmy had been among those to pay tribute to his friend and fellow entertainer Sir Ken when he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award in October.

Sir Ken had received the accolade in front of a star-studded audience at the British Music Hall Society event at the Lansdowne Club in central London.

He was famous for his very long stand-up shows, which sometimes lasted until the early hours of the morning, along with his Diddy Men from Knotty Ash and his tickling stick.

The son of a coal merchant, Sir Ken had been a comedian since 1954 and made it into the Guinness Book of Records for telling 1,500 jokes in three-and-a-half hours.

Sir Ken was also a ventriloquist and an established singer. He had many recording hits, charting on 18 occasions in the UK Top 40, and his version of Bill Anderson’s Happiness, which reached 31 in the charts in 1964, became his signature song.

His recording of Tears topped the UK singles chart for five weeks in 1965, becoming the biggest hit single in Britain that year and selling more than a million copies in the UK alone, where it was the third best selling song of the 1960s and is the 39th top selling single of all time.

His publicist Robert Holmes said: “To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats. He passed away in the home that he was born in over 90 years ago. He’s never lived anywhere else. It’s absolutely amazing.”

Wishing Sir Ken Dodd a happy 90th on Twitter!

Jimmy Cricket wished Sir Ken Dodd a happy 90th birthday on TwitterJimmy Cricket used social media to wish his great friend Sir Ken Dodd a happy 90th birthday!

The Northern Irish entertainer posted the following message on Twitter on 8 November:  “A very happy 90th Birthday to the Squire of knotty Ash himself. Sir Kenneth Dodd. I hope his day is filled with Tattifilariousness and plumpiousness!”

Sir Ken is an English comedian, singer-songwriter and actor, particularly famous for his red, white and blue “tickling stick” and his upbeat greeting of “how tickled I am!”.  He also created the Diddymen characters from Knotty Ash on Merseyside, where he is a local resident.

Jimmy, 72, was also among those to pay tribute to Sir Ken when he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award in front of a star-studded audience at the British Music Hall Society event at the Lansdowne Club in central London recently.

LEP column: Here’s to the king of comedy writers

Jimmy Cricket's Lancashire Evening Post columnJimmy Cricket remembers legendary comedy writer and close friend, the late Eddie Braben, in one of his recent newspaper columns.

Edwin ‘Eddie’ Charles Braben was best known for providing material for Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. He also worked for David FrostRonnie Corbett and Ken Dodd.

He was credited with changing the profile of Morecambe and Wise, helping to turn them into one of the most popular and enduring comedy acts in the history of British entertainment.

Belfast-born entertainer Jimmy, who has lived in Rochdale for many years, recalls in the Lancashire Post how Eddie started out as a market trader, selling fruit and veg from a stall in Liverpool’s St John precinct. In his spare time, he made up jokes.

Jimmy says how nervous he was when he first met Eddie, adding: “That was the start of a beautiful friendship that spanned two TV series, five radio series and even a book of letters from my Mammy.”

Northern Irish comedian Jimmy developed a lasting friendship with Eddie who sadly died aged 82 in May 2013. Below is a newspaper article in which Jimmy paid tribute to his old pal at the time.

Jimmy Cricket pays tribute to Eddie Braben in the Rochdale Observer

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!

Katie Mulgrew’s ‘play is very funny’ – The Stage

Jimmy Cricket and Katie Mulgrew
An award-winning play written by Jimmy Cricket’s daughter, Katie Mulgrew, is being staged in Liverpool this week.
Review of Katie Mulgrew's play, Omnibus
Review of Katie Mulgrew’s debut play in The Stage

Comedian Katie (pictured above with Jimmy) was the winner two years ago of the first ever Liverpool Hope University play-writing prize, with her work entitled Omnibus, which follows a group of friends following a soap opera.

Not only did she earn herself £10,000 in the process, but she was given the opportunity to see her debut play produced by the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.
And it is currently being performed at the Unity Theatre Liverpool in association with the Royal Court, which is closed for development work, to rave reviews!
The Stage, the world’s oldest and best theatre publication, says in a review: “The plot manages to stay just the right side of plausible to hold the audience’s attention and the play has a satisfying overall shape to it.”
It also tweeted: “Entertaining and very funny debut play by .”
Review of Katie Mulgrew's play, Omnibus

Seven Liverpool sisters in North Wales audience

Jimmy Cricket with Soul Jam

Seven sisters from the same Liverpool family were in the audience at a Jimmy Cricket show last weekend.

Soul Jam performing

The famous entertainer was performing at Lyons Robin Hood Holiday Park in RhyI, North Wales, along with Soul Jam, which is made up of Jo, Neil and JT (who are pictured with Jimmy above and performing right).

Jimmy, 71, tweeted afterwards: “A big thank you to the 7 Crummie Sisters who sat at the front for making last night’s show at the Lyon’s Cabaret Club in Rhyl such a joy!”

Six of the sisters are pictured below with Jimmy.

Jimmy Cricket with the Crummie sisters

Special show remembers Liverpool comic Mickey

Johnny Vegas to also feature in film

Johnny Vegas is appearing in the Womble film

Famous actor and comedian Johnny Vegas is to appear in the Womble movie, which is being filmed on location in North Wales and also features entertainer Jimmy Cricket. 

St Helens-born Johnny is well known for his appearances in the hit ITV comedy drama Benidorm and also for popping up in adverts for tea brand PG Tips with a stuffed puppet monkey!

His addition to the cast is another major coup for the people behind Womble the movie, as it also includes top comedian Jimmy, 69, who will play himself as a talent contest judge.

The film is about a man called Aloysius Rupert Womble (played by actor and comedian Tom Spencer), who is in his 30s and living with Asperger’s Syndrome in a typical seaside resort town.

Children and adults affected by Asperger’s Syndrome have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviours.

Aloysius’s dream is to become a stand-up comedian. The film is a week-long snapshot of his life as he goes through the trials of living with a cognitive disorder, while dealing with the injustices forced upon him by society and parts of his community.

Over the seven-day period he prepares for the biggest night of his life – a talent show in his local pub.

The film will feature songs from the Beautiful South’s former lead singer Briana Corrigan and American Pie star Thomas Nicholas, as well as a string of original songs written by songwriters especially for the movie.

Filming under way for Womble movie

Jimmy Cricket with Tom Spencer and actresses Gemma Jones and Georgina Ford
Jimmy with Tom, Gemma and Georgina

Filming for the Womble movie in which Jimmy Cricket will play himself is now under way.

Famous entertainer Jimmy’s cameo role will be filmed on location in North Wales in June and he was recently involved in a photo shoot alongside the central character Womble, played by actor Tom Spencer.

Also at the promotional event, which was held at the Bojangles Theatre, home to the Middleton Popstars Academy in North Manchester, were director Lee Howard, co-writer and actress Gemma Jones, and fellow actress Georgina Ford.

Jimmy said: “I was very grateful to Anne (Marshall, director) and the Popstars organisation for hosting this activity and I am very excited about returning to the theatre later in the year for a show with the Popstars on Saturday the 11th of July.”

The film is about a man called Aloysius Rupert Womble (played by actor and comedian Tom), who is in his 30s and living with Asperger’s Syndrome in a typical seaside resort town.

Children and adults affected by Asperger’s Syndrome have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviours.

Aloysius’s dream is to become a stand-up comedian. The film is a week-long snapshot of his life as he goes through the trials of living with a cognitive disorder, while dealing with the injustices forced upon him by society and parts of his community.

Over the seven-day period he prepares for the biggest night of his life – a talent show in his local pub.

It will feature songs from the Beautiful South’s former lead singer Briana Corrigan and American Pie star Thomas Nicholas as well as a string of original songs written by songwriters especially for the movie.

Top comedian Jimmy, 69, will play himself as a talent contest judge.

Jimmy Cricket and Tom Spencer