A thunderstorm and a timely stop-off to celebrate a special birthday helped to make Jimmy Cricket’s Easter cruise a memorable one!
Famous funnyman Jimmy was a celebrity entertainer on the Ambience, the flagship of Ambassador Cruise Line.
His wife, May – a professional singer – accompanied him on the boat, which set sail from London Tilbury on 3 April.
Guernsey, Tobermory on the Isle of Mull and Belfast in Northern Ireland – Jimmy’s place of birth – were among the destinations on the 11-night trip.
It included a ‘Journey through Holy Week’ theme, with Easter services and reflections on board.
Jimmy said: “It was organised by a lifelong friend of ours called Chris Gidney who used to run an organisation called Christians in Entertainment, so it was Christian-themed.
“When we stopped at Belfast, May and I were able to attend a birthday lunch to celebrate her brother Carson’s 80th birthday.
“How convenient was that!?”
He added: “And when we docked in the port of Cherbourg, we were hit by a thunderstorm!”
‘What a star!’
High praise for Jimmy came from one of the passengers called MJ Simpson (pictured below).
Here is MJ’s description of himself on his Twitter profile.
“Writes a bit, acts a bit, doesn’t sing. One book every 20 years or so. Proud owner of the officially second-best handlebar moustache in Britain.”
“Two hilarious shows and he took time to chat with every fan.
“What a star!”
The celebrity entertainers on board included Syd Little, of comedy duo Little and Large fame.
Jimmy posted on social media; “My heartfelt thanks to @ambassadorcruis and to organiser @ChrisGidney1 & Katherine & Tony & Maggie & @RealSidLittle & Sheree alongside @mimilabonqu & Pad, @revcindy1 & Jeff & Rev Ed & Margaret for the joyful Easter Celebrations & fun we had in each other’s company while onboard!”
Don’t forget that Jimmy’s official autobiography is now on sale.
Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian tells the heart-warming story of Jimmy’s illustrious life and career – told in his own words.
The paperback costs £11.99 and is available at online retailer Amazon here.
One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.
The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.