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Frankie Whittle: A great friend for over half a century 150 150 mhamer

Frankie Whittle: A great friend for over half a century

What a fabulous turn out for our dear friend and showbiz colleague, Frankie Whittle at Carleton Crematorium today, we started out as Redcoats at Butlins Clacton in 1968, and had remained great friends during all these years! ! R.I.P.

Jimmy Cricket said a final farewell to fellow entertainer Frankie Whittle, a great friend for more than 50 years.

The crematorium service for Frankie, known as Bolton’s “singing milkman”, took place in Blackpool on Wednesday 16 February.

Jimmy said: “What a fabulous turnout for our dear friend and showbiz colleague, Frankie Whittle at Carleton Crematorium today.

“We started out as Redcoats at Butlins Clacton in 1968 and had remained great friends during all these years! R.I.P.”

Jimmy and Frankie were fellow Redcoats at Butlin’s holiday site in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

“Being a Redcoat was a great passion of Frankie’s – he would have done it 365 days of the year if he could,” added Jimmy.

“It’s special to think that we stayed very good friends for 54 years.”

Frankie enjoyed a showbiz career of more than 50 years.

Among other things, he was an actor/panto dame in addition to being singer/compere at The Music Hall Tavern in Blackpool.

Jimmy recently posted a video on social media of a sketch involving dancing binmen in memory of his late friend.

It features him, Frankie and others as binmen who perform a dance routine around the bins.

The funny clip ends with them running after the bin lorry which has driven off without them!

Watch the video by clicking here – it should begin automatically, but if not click on the arrow in the image and turn on/up the volume as necessary.

Frankie’s Redcoat Memories

Also read from this website: Butlin’s reunion from the 1960s

Frankie Whittle: From Butlin’s to Blackpool’s Music Hall Tavern

I’ll never forget the day I got the job selling Kleenex tissues… 150 150 mhamer

I’ll never forget the day I got the job selling Kleenex tissues…

What did the boss tell Jimmy Cricket the day he got a job selling Kleenex tissues… ?

Read below to get the answer to this gag – and there are plenty more one-liners here for you to enjoy.

Ever-green comic Jimmy Cricket keeps all his fans and followers laughing with a regular joke posted on Twitter.

Funnyman Jimmy Cricket tells regular jokes online

And below are some more his latest quips for you to enjoy.

I was in a restaurant last night and the waitress gave me the wrong meal. It was meant for a GP on the next table. Afterwards, she said “Did you enjoy it?” I said: “Oh yes, it was just what the doctor ordered!”

I was in this pub and a fella came up holding a tabloid newspaper over his head and swearing. He called me every name under the sun!

I’d only been in this restaurant a few minutes when a prawn cocktail hit me on the back of the head. When I turned round there was a big, tough-looking fella there. He said: “That’s just for starters!”

Things are tough in showbiz these days and you have to grasp every opportunity… I rang up directory enquiries and the voice said: “Your call may be recorded.” So I sang two songs and now I’m waiting for the CD!

You know the way if some people have coffee they can’t sleep. I’m the exact opposite… if I’m asleep I can’t have coffee.

I’ll never forget the day I got the job selling Kleenex tissues… the boss said I would go far if I kept my nose clean.

Energy bills are soaring, but I’ve got a great way to cut down on electricity… I only plug the electric clock in when I want to know the time.

I knew a man who lost an ear and the hospital transplanted on a pig’s ear. After the operation they let him listen to the radio on his earphones. He said: “Doctor, in that new ear there’s a bit of crackling!”

And there’s more…

I’ve just been to a restaurant that had a very rude waiter… I asked for a leg of mutton and he gave me the cold shoulder.

I’ve just been to see that new movie about a hurricane… it blew me away.

If it had have been three wise women that first Christmas – they would have arrived five minutes early, made sure the gifts were double wrapped, helped deliver the baby, cleaned out the stable, cooked a casserole and there would be peace on earth.

I’ve just been to Specsavers… what an experience. It was a real eye opener.

When you and your partner have the same taste in shoes, then you know you’re soul mates.

Read more of Jimmy’s jokes here!

Also, keep up to date with everything he’s doing and saying at https://twitter.com/jimmy__cricket

Two great venues to get the new year up and running! 150 150 mhamer

Two great venues to get the new year up and running!

Hi folks, back on the road in 2022, and what a wonderful venue, my thanks to Peter Anthony and Paul @LythamHall my thanks also goes to @Philwalkercomic and compère who did a great job holding the show together for the evening! Performing arts

Jimmy Cricket returned to the stage for the first time in 2022 with shows at two excellent venues.

The popular Northern Irish comic performed at Lytham Hall in Lancashire on Friday 28 January (see photo above).

Jimmy posted on social media about his visit to Lytham Hall: “Hi folks, back on the road in 2022, and what a wonderful venue.

“My thanks to Peter Anthony and Paul @LythamHall.

“My thanks also go to @Philwalkercomic and compère who did a great job holding the show together for the evening!”

Sean Lester commented: “We loved it Jimmy, you’ve not changed a bit over all the years!

“Thanks for a lot of laughs!”

The Lytham Hall official website says it is “the finest Georgian house in Lancashire”.

It adds: “It was once the ancestral home of the colourful Clifton Family, spanning over four centuries.

“It is a Grade I listed building, so is therefore of significant local and national interest.

“The site and its 80 acres of parkland are of great archaeological interest dating back to the 12th century when it was home to a priory of Benedictine monks.

“Sir Cuthbert Clifton built a Jacobean Manor House on this site in 1606.

“Much of the Jacobean building still exists.

‘Topped off my birthday weekend perfectly!’

“In 1752 Thomas Clifton commissioned John Carr of York to build the  fine palladian house which we see today.”

Jimmy was in action again at Lake View in Cumbria the following night (see pictures below).

Hi folks what another stunning venue tonight, The Lake View, Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, I’m pictured here with the owner Tom Nash who hosts comedy nights, here with his banner which features my fellow entertainers shows! Performing arts #keepvarietyalive

He said afterwards: “Hi folks what another stunning venue tonight, The Lake View, Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere.

“I’m pictured here with the owner Tom Nash who hosts comedy nights and also with his banner which features my fellow entertainers shows!”

Hi folks what another stunning venue tonight, The Lake View, Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, I’m pictured here with the owner Tom Nash who hosts comedy nights, here with his banner which features my fellow entertainers shows! #keepvarietyalive

Jayne Boothman was among those who saw Jimmy’s show in Cumbria.

She said: “This was a brilliant night of comedy & music!

“Topped off my birthday weekend perfectly!

“Thanks @jimmy__cricket!! we will be back to see you in March!”

Hi folks what another stunning venue tonight, The Lake View, Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, I’m pictured here with the owner Tom Nash who hosts comedy nights, here with his banner which features my fellow entertainers shows!

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Wyn Calvin & Tony Jo: Jimmy remembers old friends 150 150 mhamer

Wyn Calvin & Tony Jo: Jimmy remembers old friends

I had the great pleasure of working with the, “Welsh Prince of Laughter”, in Panto back in 1983 @brumhippodrome sadly now no longer with us, the late Wyn Calvin, (here pictured far right in his role as Dame), R.I.P. old friend!

Jimmy Cricket has paid fond tributes to two fellow entertainers and friends who sadly passed away recently.

The Northern Irish comic recalled performing alongside the late Wyn Calvin in the 1980s.

Wyn’s death at the age of 96 was announced earlier this week.

“I had the great pleasure of working with the ‘Welsh Prince of Laughter’ in Panto back in 1983 @brumhippodrome,” said Jimmy. 

“Sadly now no longer with us, the late Wyn Calvin, (pictured far right in the above photo in his role as Dame).

“R.I.P. old friend!”

Wyn got into showbusiness after World War Two and went on to appear in more than 50 pantomimes, often as Widow Twankey.

He served with the forces’ Entertainments National Service Association and played to troops all across Europe.

Wyn, originally from Narberth in Pembrokeshire, was a founding member of Cardiff’s Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity.

Laurel and Hardy

He was known for his performances in concert halls and repertory theatres.

His career included successful runs on radio as Tommy Trotter, in a show called Welsh Rarebit on BBC Wales.

He also made music hall appearances and shared a stage with legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy.

Read more about Wyn on the BBC website here

A bright light went out in Blackpool today with the passing of performer/manager/producer Tony Jo @hrhents Tony spread laughter and happiness everywhere he went, he will be sadly missed by his family and many friends in the world of Showbusiness! R.I.P. big guy you were the tops!

Jimmy has also paid tribute to Tony Jo, a former member of award-winning comedy band The Grumbleweeds.

Tony (pictured right with Jimmy) died on Sunday 23 January following an 18-month battle with cancer.

Jimmy said: “A bright light went out in Blackpool today with the passing of performer/manager/producer Tony Jo @hrhents.

“Tony spread laughter and happiness everywhere he went.

“He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends in the world of Showbusiness!

“R.I.P. big guy you were the tops!”

Tony was a celebrated after-dinner comedian.

His work meant he rubbed shoulders with sporting legends like George Best, Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst and Alan Ball.

Tony was a winner of the After Dinner Speaker of The Year Award three times.

In addition, he wrote for shows including You’ve Been Framed and Stars in Their Eyes.

Read more about Tony on the Blackpool Gazette website here.

Also from this website: Frankie Whittle: From Butlin’s to Blackpool’s Music Hall Tavern

Frankie Whittle: From Butlin’s to Music Hall Tavern 150 150 mhamer

Frankie Whittle: From Butlin’s to Music Hall Tavern

Hi folks here's a tribute to my great friend Frankie Whittle R.I.P. We first worked together as Red Coats in Butlins in the Summer of 1968 Frankie went on to become an Actor/Panto Dame, and Singer/Compere at The Music Hall Tavern in Blackpool my thoughts are with his sister Carol

Jimmy Cricket has posted a video of dancing binmen in memory of his late friend Frankie Whittle.

The two were fellow Redcoats at Butlin’s holiday site in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, in the 60s.

Frankie, known as Bolton’s own “singing milkman”, enjoyed a showbiz career of more than 50 years.

The video, which Jimmy put on social media, features him, Frankie and others as binmen who perform a dance routine around the bins.

The funny clip ends with them running after the bin lorry which has driven off without them!

Jimmy posted: “Hi folks, here’s a tribute to my great friend Frankie Whittle R.I.P.

“We first worked together as Redcoats in Butlin’s in the summer of 1968.

“Frankie went on to become an actor/panto dame and singer/compere at The Music Hall Tavern in Blackpool.

“My thoughts are with his sister Carol.”

Watch the video by clicking on the arrow in the image below.

Also read from this website: Butlin’s reunion from the 1960s

Frankie’s Redcoat Memories

Iconic art deco Blackpool building up for auction today for £950k

There’s more… what sound does a witch make when she drives off? 150 150 mhamer

There’s more… what sound does a witch make when she drives off?

What sound does a witch make when she drives off?

You’ll find the answer below – and there are plenty more one-liners for you to enjoy.

Popular Northern Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket keeps all his fans and followers entertained with a regular joke posted on Twitter.

Funnyman Jimmy Cricket tells regular jokes online

Here’s another selection of his latest quips for you to enjoy…

I’ve just found out that 50% of anglers are using the wrong fishing bait… if this gets out it could open a can of worms!

It’s great getting older… you get to see what happens next.

I took a parcel into the post office and the fella behind the counter weighed it… he said: “This is too heavy, you need another stamp.” I said: “Another stamp will make it even heavier!”

The man that runs the local shoe repairs shop hasn’t been feeling too well lately… but I’m happy to say he’s on the mend!

Blackpool is one of the cleanest of our seaside resorts… even the seagulls use the public toilets.

Our window cleaner has got the whole street sown up… nobody else can get a look in!

I’ve just seen a very rare painting of Chief Sitting Bull… it’s the only one where he’s standing up!

Last night I ate my pillow, this morning I munched on a cushion and tomorrow I’m going to gorge out on my sofa… you just can’t beat comfort food.

Okay followers, come closer. How’s this one…. what sound does a witch make when she drives off? Broom! Broom!

I hope the chancellor puts money into small businesses and the housing sector. It’ll mean window cleaners will be able to get on the property ladder.

I told my friend it was a mistake to have plastic surgery. It was as plain as the nose on his forehead.

James Bond once had a lucky escape from an earthquake! He was shaken but not stirred.

They’ve asked me to do a reality programme about a group of people sharing a boat on a canal… I told them I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole.

See more of funnyman Jimmy’s jokes and keep up to date with everything he’s doing at https://twitter.com/jimmy__cricket

Also read – From the archives: Jimmy the Butlin’s camp comic!

 

Lionel Blair ‘brought a special kind of magic’ 150 150 mhamer

Lionel Blair ‘brought a special kind of magic’

Lionel Blair - everyone's friend

Jimmy Cricket devoted his latest newspaper column to the late, great Lionel Blair.

Veteran entertainer, TV presenter and dancer Lionel died aged 92 in November.

His amazing stage and screen career spanned eight decades.

Jimmy called his piece in the Lancashire Evening Post (see above) “my tribute to one of our finest entertainers and also one of the nicest guys in showbusiness!”.

His column began: “When Eamonn Holmes once introduced Lionel Blair on television he described him as ‘showbusiness royalty’ – few would disagree.

“Lionel’s career was breathtaking in its longevity.

“The son of Russian-Jewish parents, he was born in Canada.

“Then, when the family migrated to London, both he and his sister Joyce performed in underground stations during the Blitz.

“It was watching the great Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies as a child that generated in Lionel a love for dancing, especially tap.

“Like Fred he started out dancing with his sister Joyce and during the 60s he went on to be one of the best tap dancers in the country.”

Jimmy’s column also mentioned his first encounter with Lionel in the early eighties.

He said it was “when my agent at the time, Phyllis Rounce, took me to a West End theatre where Lionel was playing the leading role in a musical called Mr Cinders.

“It was a male version of the panto Cinderella, in which a downtrodden son has to put up with two bullying bigger brothers.

Ideal

“Lionel played the part for all he was worth – singing, dancing and getting the audience’s sympathy when the plot warranted it.

“After the show we went backstage and Lionel was just as bubbly offstage as on.

“The conversation got around to the television series Give Us a Clue and he suggested I would be ideal for it.

“A few weeks later, true to his word, I got the invite to appear on the show.

“I’m not sure whether I was ideal for it, but it illustrated perfectly that Lionel was a man who followed through his words with actions.

“A few years later, when I was working in Nottingham and came down to breakfast at the hotel I was staying in, I found Lionel sitting at a table waving me over.

“With his enthusiasm and love of showbiz, Lionel turned what would have normally been a sleepy eyed quiet breakfast into an evening dinner party.

“Another time I met him when he was playing Buttons in Cinderella at the Davenport Theatre in Stockport.”

Jimmy’s column concluded: “Wherever he worked in whatever theatre in the country, he brought a special kind of magic to it.”

Also read on this website: Lionel Blair RIP: He lit up every room he entered