Jimmy Cricket recently attended the Chelsea Lodge Ladies Festival as he was asked to formally propose a toast at the event.
This year’s president of the Chelsea Lodge is Jimmy’s lifelong friend Chas Elliot – the two met nearly 50 years ago when they were both Redcoats at the Butlins holiday resort in Clacton-on-Sea and they have remained very good friends ever since.
Famous comedian Jimmy, 71, was asked if he would like to participate in this year’s festival which took place at the Lancaster Hotel in west London.
There is a formal bit to this annual occasion and the organisers felt it would be appropriate if Jimmy was the proposer of the toast. The entertainment then follows – Jimmy was the headliner of this same event eight years ago.
The ladies festival is not just meant to provide a wonderful evening of conviviality and socialising – the evening also raises a lot of money for great causes.
This year’s beneficiaries were: The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution – which provides a home for 1,000 people across the UK while supporting many more through residential and nursing care and day care services; Prostate Cancer UK; and the Royal Variety Charity, which assists those who have worked in the entertainment industry and are in need of help.