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Hello again to Hunstanton!

Jimmy Cricket is back next month at the venue where he spent the majority of the 2013 summer season.

The famous comedian returns to the Princess Theatre in the seaside resort of Hunstanton in Norfolk on Sunday 3 August.

A photo (below right) was posted on Twitter by the owners of Café Blah Blahh in Hunstanton to coincide with a  promotional push to publicise the show.

Owners of Café Blah Blahh posted a photo publicising Jimmy Cricket's return to Hunstanton

Jimmy was in the West Norfolk resort for most of last summer, as he starred in the Great British Seaside Summer show.

During his time in Hunstanton, Jimmy had a fantastic stay and earned the affection of the local community.

This included him touching base with a number of local businesses, including the Wash Monster boat ride operator; Hunstanton’s sealife centre; the Marine Hotel (where he stayed for the duration of the season) and Café Blah Blahh to name only a few.

Jimmy said: “I can’t wait to return to the Princess Theatre in this idyllic resort and hope to bump into a few familiar faces when I land there again in August.”

Reunion with fan after nearly 30 years

Jimmy Cricket recently caught up with a fan almost three decades after they first met.

Jimmy Cricket with Lisa Roberts in Corby

When the famous entertainer was performing at the Viking Club in Corby, Northamptonshire, in the audience was Lisa Roberts and her husband Elio.

Lisa has a tale to tell that dates back a long time…

When she was six years old, her family had a holiday in the Devon resort of Torquay, during which her parents bought tickets to see Jimmy in his summer show at the Princess Theatre.

Unfortunately Lisa was ill at the time and so the family could not go and see Jimmy in action.Jimmy Cricket with Lisa in Torquay But as Lisa was a big fan, a couple of days later the family ventured down to the theatre’s stage door to see if they could catch a glimpse of Jimmy after the show. As Jimmy was leaving the theatre, he spotted them and went over to say hello.

Jimmy gave Lisa an autograph and they had their picture taken together (left).

And, nearly 30 years later, they had their reunion in Corby – and, of course, another photograph (above right)!

Lisa has been a nanny for 18 years and a maternity nurse for 10. Six years ago, when she was based in Tenerife, she set up her own business called Tenerife Childcare.

She moved back to the UK seven months ago and now runs the business from her home in Northamptonshire. She has 10 qualified nannies from Britain working in Tenerife for her.

Centre of attention in Birmingham

Jimmy Cricket performing at the Birmingham Irish CentreThis great photo of famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket was taken when he appeared at the Birmingham Irish Centre.

Photographer Chris Egan posted the picture – which was also published in a publication for the Irish community living in the UK called the Irish Post – on his Twitter feed.

Jimmy said: “Thanks To Chris for posting this photo online and for more information on his photography services check out his website [http://www.chriseganphotography.com].

At the show last autumn, Northern Irish funnyman Jimmy appeared with the traditional Irish musical outfit Irish Mist, a four-piece traditional/folk band.

‘Small world, isn’t it!?’

Jimmy Cricket with Paul Crowley and Mary Hussey at the Birmingham Irish CentreJimmy Cricket had a chance meeting with a friend of one of his Northern Irish relatives when he performed at the Birmingham Irish Centre.

The famous entertainer, who was in a show with the traditional Irish musical outfit Irish Mist, bumped into Shaun Preece, the general manager of the centre.

Jimmy said: “Shaun is a good friend of my second cousin who hails from Strabane – small world, isn’t it!?

“The concert was a superb blend of music and comedy, and I was really impressed with the musical prowess of Irish Mist, as they had a great accordion player, a superb penny whistle player and very competent fiddle and drummer.”

Irish Mist are a four-piece traditional/folk band featuring Mal Rogers on fiddle and Joe Giltrap on guitar, plus All-Ireland accordion and flute champion Eugene Teevan and long-time associate, Belfast-born bass/whistle/flute player Brian Aldwinckle.

Over the years they have appeared with all the top names from the Irish folk world, including The Dubliners, Christy Moore and De Dannan, with shows at the Royal Albert Hall, the Dominion and the Gaiety in Dublin.

* Jimmy is pictured with Paul Crowley and Mary Hussey who were members of the audience.

Slideshow tribute to ‘comedian’s comedian’

Johnny Casson enjoys his own memories of Norman Collier
Johnnie Casson enjoys his own memories of Norman Collier. Pictures courtesy of OlsenParker photography

Jimmy Cricket was among several top entertainers who paid their last respects to legendary comedian Norman Collier in a special tribute show.

The event, called An evening of Comedy and Laughter, took place at the New Theatre in Hull in September.

It included Northern Irish funnyman Jimmy plus fellow stars Tom O’ Connor, Syd Little (of Little and Large), ventriloquist Roger De Courcey (plus Nookie Bear), Johnnie Casson and Robin Grumbleweed.

Norman, who died in March this year aged 87, was born and bred in Hull and for most of his life lived in the nearby town of Brough.

He achieved popularity following television appearances in the 1970s and was best known for his ‘faulty microphone’ routine and his chicken impressions.

Norman was highly regarded by many fellow comics, including Frank Carson and Les Dawson, and was described by Jimmy Tarbuck as ‘the comedian’s comedian’.

Read more about Norman here.

The show was hosted by Norman’s son-in-law, John Ainsley, who was also the main organiser of the event.

Jimmy Cricket pays tribute to Norman Collier
Jimmy pays tribute

Jimmy Cricket said: “Suffice to say the theatre was packed to the rafters and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“A sizeable amount of money was raised which will be given to Norman’s widow, Lucy.”

Enjoy some nostalgia and watch Jimmy and Norman performing a chicken sketch together.

All pictures in the slideshow below are courtesy of OlsenParker photography which is based in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Summer season picture special

Jimmy Cricket with the full cast of the Great British Seaside SpecialJimmy Cricket’s successful summer season in Norfolk is captured magnificently here with a colourful collection of pictures.

Jimmy Cricket's Great British Summer Special

The famous Northern Irish entertainer was in Hunstanton for the Great British Seaside Special at the Princess Theatre.

It ran throughout the month and August and into the first week of September.

Jimmy Cricket's Great British Summer SpecialJimmy topped the bill and alongside him was a talented array of performers.

“This included the very talented multi-instrumentalist Ian Larkin and the special abilities of balloon modeller extraordinaire Bob Wooding,” said Jimmy.

“All were wonderfully supported by a really talented company of four who sang and danced their hearts out.

Jimmy Cricket's Great British Summer Special

“I thoroughly enjoyed the season and the show got some very complimentary feedback – to the extent where the local Mayor of Hunstanton went to the show three times!”

Jimmy added that he was thrilled the season had helped to continue the re-establishing of the Princess Theatre after it closed temporarily a couple of years ago.

Photos are as follows:

Jimmy Cricket's Great British Summer SpecialTop: Jimmy with the full cast of the Great British Seaside Special.

Top right: Blue Sky –  the company at the start of the show.

Top left: Bob Wooding, who was the show’s special guest, is a unique balloon modeller and the theme here is Thunderbirds.

Jimmy Cricket's Great British Summer Special

Above right: Female performers from the company.

Above left: Talented musician Ian Larkin playing the banjo.

And Jimmy himself is seen performing magic (right), dancing (below), on the phone (below left) – no doubt to his Mammy! – and juggling, below right.

Jimmy Cricket's Great British Summer Special

Jimmy Cricket's Great British Summer SpecialJimmy Cricket's Great British Summer Special

Cast thank audience for watching

Jimmy Cricket with John CrippsThe cast in Jimmy Cricket’s summer show gathered in the theatre foyer after every production… to thank the audience for coming.

Well-known entertainer Jimmy was in Hunstanton for the Great British Seaside Special at the Princess Theatre for a month from early August.

He said: “We congregated after each show to thank the audience for coming it as they left the theatre.

“It was a nice touch, which I enjoyed participating in – and also I could sell my DVDs at the same time!”

Photos on this page have been posted on Facebook of Jimmy in the theatre foyer with members of the audience after one of the shows.

Above, Jimmy is with John Cripps and, below, he is pictured with Julie Lathangue.

Jimmy Cricket with Julie Lathangue

Big Beat duo see Jimmy’s show

Jimmy Cricket with musician Ian Larkin, Ian’s wife Michelle (the show’s stage manager) and members of the company from the summer show
Jimmy with musician Ian Larkin, Ian’s wife Michelle (the show’s stage manager) and members of the company from the summer show

Representatives from a local entertainment agency were among the audience at one of Jimmy Cricket’s summer season shows.

Jimmy Cricket with Ian Larkin
Jimmy with Ian Larkin

Jimmy was in Hunstanton for the Great British Seaside Special at the Princess Theatre for a month from early August.

Tim and Janine Elliot from the Norfolk-based Big Beat popped over to the Princess Theatre to see Jimmy and co in action and they both thoroughly enjoyed the show.

Afterwards they bumped into Jimmy in the theatre bar, plus talented musician Ian Larkin, who was also on the summer show, and other members of the company.

Jimmy said: “I was thrilled to see other professionals from the industry drop by to see the show and to support one of their local theatres. I certainly hope to cross paths with Tim and Janine again in the future.”

Merlin’s Magic Wand birthday party

Jimmy Cricket and the rest of the cast from the Great British Seaside Special

Jimmy Cricket joined disabled and disadvantaged children for a special birthday at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton.

The famous Northern Irish entertainer and the rest of the cast of his summer show at the Norfolk seaside resort took part in Merlin’s Magic Wand’s fifth birthday celebrations.

Merlin’s Magic Wand is a worldwide charity whose aim is to provide magical experiences to ill, disabled or disadvantaged children – read more about it here.

The cast are pictured above with some of the staff from the Sea Life Centre, who helped to organise the fund-raising event.

The trip was at the start of the last week of the season and Jimmy’s summer show, the Great British Seaside Special, had been staged throughout the month of August and into the first week of September at the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton.

Before they tucked into their party lunch, Jimmy, talented musician Ian Larkin and the dancers from the show entertained the young guests.

Jimmy told the Lynn News: “It is an absolute pleasure to bring a little bit of laughter to the party.”

Sanctuary manager Angela said: “I’m so pleased that everything has come together to make such a brilliant party for the children and I can’t thank Jimmy enough for bringing so much joy to the Sea Life Centre today.”

Tribute to the late, great Norman Collier

Poster advertising the tribute show to the late comedian Norman CollierJimmy Cricket is among a host of comedy greats paying tribute to the legendary Norman Collier on Monday night (16 September).

The show, An Evening of Comedy & Laughter to celebrate the life of Norman Collier, takes place at the New Theatre, Kingston Square, in Hull.

The comedian, who died in March this year aged 87, was born and bred in Hull and for most of his life lived in the nearby town of Brough.

He achieved popularity following television appearances in the 1970s. He was best known for his ‘faulty microphone’ routine and for his chicken impressions. Read more about him here.

This memorial event has been put together by John Ainslie, Norman’s son-in-law, and the line-up of entertainers taking part in the show includes comedians Tom O’Connor and Johnnie Casson, comic duo Little and Large, and ventriloquist Roger De Courcey with Nookie Bear.

Jimmy said: “Such a line-up is a really fitting tribute to Norman Collier, who was one of the nation’s finest comedians and who especially had a great talent for visual comedy.”

Enjoy some nostalgia and watch Jimmy and Norman performing a chicken sketch together.