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Special Easter celebration cruise features TV legends 150 150 mhamer

Special Easter celebration cruise features TV legends

Jimmy Cricket will be providing some of the laughter on a special Easter celebration cruiseJimmy Cricket will provide some of the laughter on a special Easter celebration cruise.

The popular Northern Irish comedian joins other well-known entertainers, including Sue Hodge, on the 11-night trip.

Sue is an English actress best known for her role as the waitress Mimi Labonq in the BBC sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo!.

Another comedy legend entertaining the holiday-goers is Frank J Williams.

He is an English actor best known for playing Timothy Farthing, the vicar in the BBC comedy Dad’s Army.

Frank and Ian Lavender are the series’ last-surviving major cast members. Frank reprised the role of Farthing in the 2016 film adaptation of the series.

‘Perfect combination’

The cruise features star-studded entertainment and interviews, alongside special Easter-themed church services.

Promotion for the break says: “It’s the perfect combination for relaxation for the body,  stimulation of the mind and refreshment for the spirit.

“There is always a waiting list for this special theme.”

The cruise starts from Poole in Dorset on Monday 6 April.

Stops include Belfast (Jimmy’s birth place), the West Highlands of Scotland and Dublin.

Visit here for further information

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

Nicholas Parsons: A great career and will be sadly missed 150 150 mhamer

Nicholas Parsons: A great career and will be sadly missed

How BBC News reported Nicholas Parsons' death on Twitter

How BBC News reported Nicholas Parsons’ death on Twitter

Jimmy Cricket has been recalling the children’s TV show in which he appeared with Nicholas Parsons.

Broadcaster Parsons died earlier this week at the age of 96 after a short illness.

Here is how BBC News reported his death.

Tributes were paid to him from across the entertainment world, including from the likes of Stephen Fry and Graham Norton.

Comedian Jimmy worked with Parsons on The Joke Machine, a children’s sketch series which aired as part of CITV in the UK.

The first series featured the Krankies while the third and last featured Jimmy.

Each short episode was packed with jokes. The programme lasted from 1985 to 1989, according to the IMDb website.

Jimmy tweeted: “Nicholas (Parsons) and I did a kids’ TV show.

Sale of the Century

“We were waiting at traffic lights. I dressed in Chinese gear with a rickshaw and Nick in a posh car.

“The joke was that when the lights turned, the car stalled and I shot ahead.

“He’s had a great career and will be sadly missed.”

The episode involving Parsons is believed to have been broadcast on 26 May 1989.

Parsons had hosted Radio 4’s Just A Minute since its inception in 1967.

He presented his last programme on 23 September last year.

He also appeared on the Benny Hill Show for several years and fronted ITV’s Sale of the Century.

His other TV appearances included Have I Got News For You.

What a lovely reception on Teesside! 150 150 mhamer

What a lovely reception on Teesside!

What a lovely reception for the comedy play from the Teeside welcome last night! My thanks to Manager David Lindsey @Mbrotheatre and the technical crew, Andy and Peter who were on sound and lighting, for all their help and support!

Jimmy Cricket appreciated the “lovely reception” on Teesside for his comedy play.

Middlesbrough Theatre was the latest destination (Thursday 23 January) for No More Fiffing and Faffing.

Famous entertainer Jimmy, 74, tweeted afterwards: “What a lovely reception for the comedy play from the Teesside welcome last night!

“My thanks to Manager David Lindsey @Mbrotheatre and the technical crew, Andy and Peter who were on sound and lighting, for all their help and support!🎭

The Mansfield Palace Theatre will next stage the play on Thursday 20 February

The play 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.

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.

The other performers are Jonathan Young (The Bachelors) and actor Colin Meredith, who has appeared in Coronation Street.

The Mansfield Palace Theatre will next stage the play on Thursday 20 February (above right).

Jimmy tweeted the photo below, saying: “My thanks to Journalist and Production Editor @TimMorriss4 or the online article about the Comedy Play coming to the @MansfieldPalace next month.”

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

My thanks to Journalist and Production editor @TimMorriss4 for the online article about the Comedy Play coming to the @Mansfield Palace next month!
Golden memories: Norman Barrett MBE 150 150 mhamer

Golden memories: Norman Barrett MBE

Norman Barrett, now 85, has worked with all the world's great circuses

Norman Barrett has worked with all the world’s great circuses, including in Blackpool

Jimmy Cricket has known and worked with many great fellow entertainers across nearly five decades in showbusiness.

In a special series of monthly articles starting today, Jimmy takes a trip down Memory Lane to recall some of the special people with whom he has shared the stage.

We begin with Norman Barrett MBE, the veteran British circus ringmaster.

Norman has made many appearances on television, including with Charlie Cairoli – the Italian-English clown, impressionist and musician – in the children’s television series Right Charlie.

Amazing career

He is well known for his act with performing budgerigars.

Norman, now 85, has worked with all the world’s great circuses and spent 25 years at Blackpool Tower Circus during an amazing career.

He was also the ringmaster of the Belle Vue Christmas Circus in Manchester in the 70s and 80s.

He appeared as the subject of This Is Your Life in 1990.

Norman was awarded an MBE in the 2010 New Year Honour’s list.

See Norman in action here.

Here, Jimmy remembers Norman in his own special way:

“I remember seeing Norman on television in the sixties. He was the ringmaster at the famous Tower Circus in Blackpool and he used to pop up at Christmas time.

“As well as introducing specialty acts from all over the world, he played straight man to the famous clown Charlie Cairoli. He got many a custard pie thrown in his face.

“However, Norman did a wonderfully unique act himself.

“He used to train budgies to run up ladders and push tiny bicycles.

“Norman learned to give instructions in different languages, so he used to take his act all over the world. He was particularly popular in Germany.

“Anyone that ever saw Norman’s act never looked at  a budgie in the same way again.

Slapstick kitchen routine

“I did four-week panto run with him at the Southport Theatre a few years back where he played Baron Hardup to my Buttons.

“We did a slapstick kitchen routine in which we were always putting in new stuff.

“So much so that my son Frank who was also in the panto used to say: ‘You guys really live on the edge!’

“What really used to tickle me was when I would visit Norman at his home in Blackpool…

“… You could see all the lights on in the bedroom upstairs so you knew Norman was putting his budgies through their paces to help them get used to the Circus spotlights.

“Thanks for the golden memories Norman.”

If you have any special memories of Norman or would like Jimmy to feature somebody in our special memories  series, you can do this in several ways:

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

Comedy play moves to the North East 150 150 mhamer

Comedy play moves to the North East

Event Photos 67 @eventphotos67 · 14h Great to photograph Jimmy Cricket again at the Stockport Plaza for his play " No More Fiffing & Faffing " .

Jimmy Cricket’s comedy play was back on the road at the weekend. No More Fiffing and Faffing was staged at the Stockport Plaza in Greater Manchester.

Jimmy posted the photo below on social media afterwards.

He said: “Our thanks to everyone who came to see the play @StockportPlaza1.

“And to Ted the Manager with his technical team, Rosie and Ben and Jake and all the volunteers alongside, David from @DavidHullPromo and @andrealNtheatre and Manager Ruth from @Grand_Theatre and @GerryMolumby.”

@eventphotos67 posted the pictures above and said: “Great to photograph Jimmy Cricket again at the Stockport Plaza for his play “No More Fiffing & Faffing”.

The play 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.

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.

The other performers are Jonathan Young (The Bachelors) and actor Colin Meredith, who has appeared in Coronation Street.

Middlesbrough Theatre is next to host No More Fiffing and Faffing on Thursday (23 January).

Visit the theatre’s website here for more details.

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

Our thanks to everyone who came to see the play @StockportPlaza1 and to Ted the Manager with his technical team, Rosie and Ben and Jake and all the volunteers alongside, David from @DavidHullPromo and @andrealNtheatre and Manager Ruth from @Grand_Theatre and @GerryMolumby

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