Jimmy Cricket is about to bring back his popular charity jam nights following an enforced 18-month break.
Famous Northern Irish funnyman Jimmy and his wife May – a professional singer – have for more than a decade hosted a regular night of entertainment in their adopted home town of Rochdale.
It provides an 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 their 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’.
But the event was inevitably put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Conveyor of good news’
But the good news is that the jam night is ready to return!
Jimmy, May and their friends messaged the regular audience members this week with the following message.
I hope you’re all fit and well as we gradually come out of what has been an unprecedented time in all our lives.
I’m pleased to be the conveyor of good news. Father James has given us the go ahead to have a Charity Jam Night in the Parish Hall.
Both May and I have decided to make our first one back, a little more special, by having it on a Saturday night, 16th October 2021. As it will be my birthday, on the Sunday the 17th, it is also Maureen Barker’s alongside my fellow Comic Dusty Young on the Monday, so we can celebrate with a big cake for us all, (anyone else celebrating a birthday either side of this date, just let us know).
There will be the usual comedy, music, raffle, with teas, coffees, and biscuits, (cardboard cups for hot drinks will be supplied, but if anyone would rather bring their own cup from home, please feel free).
Ever present dependable Kath and Pauline will be on hand to help, and our designated Charity for the evening will be for Mary’s Meals, (which has just celebrated reaching the 2 million mark of feeding children whilst in education, in 19 different countries around the world).
We look forward to seeing you all there on the evening, as we also come together to remember and celebrate the lives of those whom we have lost from our group over the last 18 months.
Sending our Love and Best Wishes to you all xx
Jimmy & May & Eric & Gloria & Kath & Pauline