Jimmy Cricket had a nice surprise at the latest charity jam night in Rochdale where he lives.
The famous entertainer thought it was going to be another of the regular events held every few months at a local parish hall.
However, it turned out to be a very special occasion as his family and some old friends attended the show.
The surprise was arranged as part of the celebrations to mark Jimmy’s remarkable 50 years in showbusiness.
Jimmy described it as a “wonderful evening”.
He added: “My fellow organisers, Kath, Alan and Pauline arranged a surprise for me to celebrate my 50 years with my old friends and family there.
Jimmy and his wife May – a professional singer – have for about 20 years hosted a regular night of entertainment.
The event takes place at St Vincent’s RC parish centre in Norden.
It provides an opportunity for Belfast-born Jimmy and other performers to try out some new (and relive old) routines.
Jimmy and May invite different guests who perform free of charge.
Proceeds from a raffle and the selling of refreshments go to a chosen charity.
The popular comedian has nicknamed those who regularly support these evenings as ‘Jimmy’s Jammers’.
He has been making people laugh as a professional comedian for 50 years – usually raising money for worthy causes at the same time.
Instantly recognisable for wearing a funny hat and green wellies marked L and R on the wrong feet, he proudly keeps his comedy clean – increasingly rare these days – making him a perfect family entertainer.
His best-known catchphrases include ‘And there’s more!’ and ‘Come closer!’
He is also famed for reading out Letters from his Mammy, which have provided the material for two published books.
Don’t forget that Jimmy’s official autobiography is now on sale.
Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian tells the heart-warming story of Jimmy’s illustrious life and career – told in his own words.
The paperback costs £11.99 and is available at online retailer Amazon here.
One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.
The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.