It was a double celebration weekend for evergreen funnyman Jimmy Cricket.
Saturday (16 October) marked the long-awaited return of the popular jam nights introduced by Jimmy and his wife May about 15 years ago.
And Sunday was the famous entertainer’s 76th birthday.
Jimmy and May – a professional singer – have since 2006 hosted a regular night of entertainment in their adopted home town of Rochdale.
It provides a useful opportunity for Jimmy and other performers to try out new (and relive some old) routines.
They began it on a monthly basis and in the past few years have alternated hosting the jam nights with good friend and fellow entertainer Eric Devereaux.
It takes place in the lounge area of St Vincent’s RC parish centre in Norden.
They invite different guests who perform free of charge.
There is a raffle and the selling of refreshments, with all proceeds donated to a chosen charity.
The popular comedian has nicknamed those who regularly support these evenings as ‘Jimmy’s Jammers’.
However, the event was inevitably put on hold early in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic – until Saturday.
Jimmy said: “Here back with our Jammers tonight, (now into our second decade), at #StVincentsParishCentre, (after a long 19-month break).
Mary’s Meals supports feeding projects for children in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Jimmy’s comedian-turned-priest son, Fr Frankie Mulgrew, is a long-standing supporter of Mary’s Meals.
Jimmy also expressed his gratitude for all the congratulations on his birthday.
He commented: “Can I say a huge, “Thank You”, to everyone who took the time to wish me, “Happy Birthday”.
“It was so very much appreciated! xx”