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Stockport next for No More Fiffing and Faffing 150 150 mhamer

Stockport next for No More Fiffing and Faffing

No More Fiffing and Faffing will be staged at the Plaza in Stockport

Stockport’s Plaza Theatre is the next port of call for Jimmy Cricket’s touring comedy play.

No More Fiffing and Faffing will be performed at the “iconic” venue on Sunday (19 January, 2.30pm start).

It had a highly successful debut in September 2018 at the Blackburn Empire Theatre.

As a result, Jimmy has taken No More Fiffing and Faffing on a tour around the north of England.

Its most recent showing was in Port Sunlight last October.

Other venues so far include The Met in Bury and the Chorley Little Theatre in Lancashire.

Veteran comedian Jimmy wrote the play and also stars in it. Also performing are Jonathan Young (The Bachelors) and actor Colin Meredith, who has appeared in Coronation Street.

Jimmy and Jonathan have been helping to promote the show in Stockport at the weekend

 

Jimmy and Jonathan have been helping to promote the show in Stockport at the weekend with a video clip posted on social media.

The Totally Stockport website has also publicised the event.

It said: “Cricket is coming to the Plaza in Stockport on Sunday 19th January for a 2.30pm performance.

‘Really thrilled’

“It will be Jimmy Cricket and without the R & L Wellies – the comedian who will be headlining in his comedy play, ‘No More Fiffing and Faffing.’

“Jimmy Cricket is one of the UK’s most loved Irish comedians, having made a host of television and radio appearances throughout the last five decades.

“Once an adoptive local member of the community, Jimmy moved to Stockport in the early 70s and lived in Heaton Moor.”

Jimmy, 74, said: “It’s great to be visiting once again the town of Stockport, and appearing at such a great theatre as the iconic Plaza.

“For this visit I am really thrilled the price of a ticket has been kept to a really affordable level.

“This is because I know how expensive it is to take a family out anywhere these days, as, ‘No More Fiffing and Faffing’, is a family show!”

Tickets can be purchased from the Plaza theatre Box Office on: 0161 477 7779 or online at the theatre’s website.

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.

Back to Blackpool – then it’s the comedy play 150 150 mhamer

Back to Blackpool – then it’s the comedy play

Jimmy Cricket will do a New Year's Eve show at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool
Jimmy Cricket’s second appearance of 2020 at his favourite Blackpool hotel this week will be his last there until early March.
The popular Northern Irish entertainer next performs at the Lyndene Hotel on the sea front on Wednesday (15 January).
In total, he will make 23 visits to the Lyndene this year.
None of them are in February, so his next appearance in Blackpool after Wednesday is 4 March.
From then onwards, he will do shows twice a month until the end of the year.
This is 74-year-old Jimmy’s FIFTH season at the hotel.
Happy New Year”, from Team @LyndeneHotel
Two or three acts usually perform twice per night, once each in different lounges at the Lyndene.

See all of this year’s dates below and visit the hotel’s website here.

Jimmy’s immediate focus after Wednesday is his comedy play which goes back on the road later this month.

The most recent staging of No More Fiffing and Faffing was in Port Sunlight in October.

The production had a highly successful debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre.

As a result, Jimmy has taken on a tour around the north of England.

The venues so far also include The Met in Bury and the Chorley Little Theatre in Lancashire.

Veteran comedian Jimmy wrote the play and also stars in it. Also performing are Jonathan Young (The Bachelors) and actor Colin Meredith, who has appeared in Coronation Street.

Read more about the next destination for the play in the Cricket Times on Thursday.

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.

Returning to what has become my second home working alongside many talented singers and old friends like @MALFORDUK , my thanks goes to Claire @TowerTopEnts and @LyndeneHotel the Manager Paul, and all the Team members for their hospitality and support over the last four years

The 2020 season begins back at the Lyndene Hotel 150 150 mhamer

The 2020 season begins back at the Lyndene Hotel

Jimmy Cricket’s first show of the new year is at the same venue where he rounded off 2019… the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool.
The ever-green Northern Irish entertainer appears there again on Wednesday (8 January) – the first of 23 visits in 2020.
Popular comedian Jimmy, 74, had last performed at the Lyndene – where he has now been appearing for several years – on New Year’s Eve.
May it bring you all good health and happiness from me and Mrs C. x
Happy New Year”, from Team @LyndeneHotel
Two or three acts usually perform twice per night, once each in different lounges at the Lyndene.
Jimmy’s other appearance at the Lyndene in January (he does two shows most months) is on Wednesday the 15th.
Every night of the year

The Lyndene Hotel, perched on the seafront, is one of Blackpool’s unique venues as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

Jimmy Cricket will do a New Year's Eve show at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

Its website says that it offers more than 141 fully equipped and tastefully decorated en suite bedrooms.

“The Lyndene Hotel offers superb compered entertainment EVERY NIGHT of the year,” it adds.

Jimmy is embarking on his FIFTH season at the Lyndene Hotel.

See next year’s dates below and visit the hotel’s website here.

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.

Returning to what has become my second home working alongside many talented singers and old friends like @MALFORDUK , my thanks goes to Claire @TowerTopEnts and @LyndeneHotel the Manager Paul, and all the Team members for their hospitality and support over the last four years

Happy New Year from Team @LyndeneHotel 150 150 mhamer

Happy New Year from Team @LyndeneHotel

Happy New Year from Team @LyndeneHotel
Jimmy Cricket brought in the New Year at a popular Blackpool hotel.
The ever-green Northern Irish entertainer made his 23rd and final appearance of 2019 at the Lyndene Hotel.
May it bring you all good health and happiness from me and Mrs C. x
Happy New Year”, from Team @LyndeneHotel
He tweeted: “Happy New Year from Team @LyndeneHotel 🥳 🎉🎊.”
Jimmy, 74, added: “May it bring you all good health and happiness from me and Mrs C. x”
Jimmy, 74, has been doing regular shows for several years now at the Lyndene, where two or three acts usually perform twice per night, once each in different lounges at the hotel.
Superb entertainment

The Lyndene Hotel, perched on the seafront, is one of Blackpool’s unique venues as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

Jimmy Cricket will do a New Year's Eve show at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

Its website says that it offers more than 141 fully equipped and tastefully decorated en suite bedrooms.

“The Lyndene Hotel offers superb compered entertainment EVERY NIGHT of the year,” it adds.

Jimmy announced earlier this year that he is to spend a FIFTH season at the Lyndene Hotel.

He will do another 23 nights there in 2020, including two Wednesdays in January (8 and 15).

See next year’s dates below and visit the hotel’s website here.

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.

Returning to what has become my second home working alongside many talented singers and old friends like @MALFORDUK , my thanks goes to Claire @TowerTopEnts and @LyndeneHotel the Manager Paul, and all the Team members for their hospitality and support over the last four years

Merry Christmas and a happy new year! 150 150 mhamer

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

 

Jimmy Cricket has wished all his fans and friends a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

The popular Northern Irish entertainer took to his social media channels, Twitter and Facebook, to send the season’s greetings.

Along with the message, he posted his 2019 Christmas card (above), which was based on the way Westminster MPs have behaved over Brexit.

It shows Jimmy, 74, telling her majesty the Queen that all members of parliament are on the naughty list.

Tradition has it that Father Christmas (also known as Santa Claus) has two lists: the naughty list and the nice list.

He checks over his list twice. If you are nice you get presents. If you are naughty you get a lump of coal in your stocking.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly apologised to the Queen after the Supreme Court ruled his decision to prorogue (suspend) Parliament earlier this year was unlawful.

British MPs of all parties have come under intense scrutiny – and been the subject of much criticism – following their failure to agree a Brexit deal.

In a 2016 UK referendum, a slim majority voted for the country to leave the European Union.

Iconic images

Northern Irish comedian Jimmy has traditionally created his own customised Christmas card over the years.

It is based on a photograph that has represented in some way an event from the previous 12 months.

In 2012 he picked a picture of Usain Bolt and Mo Farah, which was one of the iconic images from the London Olympics.

The followed year, it was a photo associated with the theft of his concrete wellies, which was widely covered in the media.Jimmy Cricket's Christmas card features the Only Fools and Horses’ sketch staring regular cast members David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, plus special Comic Relief guest David Beckham

And his 2014 card (pictured right) featured a sketch which took place during that year’s Comic Relief event.

The card recalled the Only Fools and Horses charity scene starring regular cast members David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

In addition, it featured former England and Manchester United footballer David Beckham.

Famous entertainer Jimmy was included on the card as if part of the get-together and referenced his famous Mammy!

New Year’s Eve date at Blackpool’s Lyndene Hotel 150 150 mhamer

New Year’s Eve date at Blackpool’s Lyndene Hotel

Jimmy Cricket's next show at the lyndene is on New Year's Eve

Jimmy Cricket’s last show of 2019 at his favourite Blackpool hotel is on New Year’s Eve.

It will be the popular comedian’s 23rd appearance this year at the Lyndene Hotel on the sea front.
His latest visit there was on Wednesday night (18 December) – see photos above.

Jimmy tweeted: “Great festive fun with the audiences here at the @LyndeneHotel tonight while catching up with old friends.”

The famous entertainer has been doing regular shows at the Lyndene for the past few years.

Several acts usually perform twice per night, once each in different lounges at the hotel.

Superb entertainment

The Lyndene Hotel, perched on the seafront, is one of Blackpool’s unique venues as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

Jimmy Cricket will do a New Year's Eve show at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

Its website says that it offers more than 141 fully equipped and tastefully decorated en suite bedrooms.

“The Lyndene Hotel offers superb compered entertainment EVERY NIGHT of the year,” it adds.

Jimmy announced earlier this year that he is to spend a FIFTH season at the Lyndene Hotel.

He will do another 23 nights there in 2020, including two Wednesdays in January (8 and 15).

See next year’s dates below and visit the hotel’s website here.

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.

Returning to what has become my second home working alongside many talented singers and old friends like @MALFORDUK , my thanks goes to Claire @TowerTopEnts and @LyndeneHotel the Manager Paul, and all the Team members for their hospitality and support over the last four years

Get both DVD and Christmas CD in special charity offer 150 150 mhamer

Get both DVD and Christmas CD in special charity offer

Jimmy Cricket Live - Pull Your Seats ForwardJimmy Cricket is offering all his fans a special Christmas deal that will benefit one of his favourite charities.
Anybody who buys Jimmy’s DVD will receive his Christmas CD for free.
The popular Northern Irish comedian will give £5 for each sale to Francis House Children’s Hospice.
He tweeted about the offer: “Don’t forget folks, if you buy my DVD ‘Pull your seats forward’ which the whole family can watch, between now and the 1st of January 2020 I’ll throw in my Christmas CD ‘Santa bring my wellies back to me’ and send the fiver to Francis House on your behalf.”
Jimmy hit upon the idea of original Christmas numbers for a new CD a few years ago.

It is called Santa bring my wellies back to me.

The name of the CD relates to the theft several years ago of concrete wellington boots (below right).

Public clamour

The late Sir Ken Dodd had given them to Rochdale-based Jimmy.

Jimmy Cricket Live – Pull Your Seats Forward is the name of the DVD, which has sold more than 8,000 copies.

His family-run company, Wellie Boot Productions, filmed and produced it in 2010.The wellies were given by Ken Dodd to Jimmy Cricket

Belfast-born Jimmy produced the DVD in response to the overwhelming public clamour that suggested there was a real demand for a recording of his stand-up entertainment.

It was filmed at the Royal Court Theatre in Bacup, Lancashire, near Jimmy’s adopted home of Rochdale in Greater Manchester.

The DVD is an hour and 10 minutes long.

It includes Jimmy’s favourite routines, a phone call and letter from his mammy, his famous Leaving Home poem, his sentimental ballad called I’m Dreaming of a Far off Land and 20 minutes of extras.

The offer is available via the Go Shopping page on this website or at one of Jimmy’s live shows.

Below is an edited version of a trailer of Jimmy Cricket live at the Royal Court Theatre in Bacup. Journalist and Cricket Times editor Martin Hamer asks Jimmy all about the show in an interview which includes exclusive excerpts from the DVD.