Jimmy Cricket has cancelled the next scheduled ‘jam’ night at a parish centre in Rochdale because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
He says in a message to regular show goers he has made the decision “with great sadness”.
But he adds: “We will continue to monitor the situation and we hope to be able to resume our shows as soon as it is safe to do so!”
It comes amid the continuing restrictions first imposed in March across the UK because of coronavirus.
Famous funnyman Jimmy and his wife May host an night of entertainment every couple of months in Rochdale.
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.
It started more than a decade ago as an opportunity for Jimmy and other performers to try out new routines.
At every event, 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’.
Jimmy has in the past few years alternated hosting the jam nights with good friend and fellow entertainer Eric Devereaux.
He messaged the regular jammers this weekend to confirm the planned show in September had been cancelled.
There have not been any shows for the past six months because of coronavirus.
His message read:
We hope everyone is safe and healthy, and that you have managed to keep your spirits up, and have not let the isolation get you down to much!
Just an update in regard to the lockdown situation.
We are indeed living in unprecedented times, never before in the history of showbusiness has all Variety Acts and Theatres ever had to cancel all their shows for the safety of the audience!
This is why our shows at St Vincent’s Parish Centre has not been able to go ahead folks!
Most of us fall into the vulnerable age group, so it is with great sadness that we have to cancel the September 2020 show.
We will continue to monitor the situation and we hope to be able to resume our shows as soon as it is safe to do so!
Meanwhile stay safe and we all look forward to the day when this is but a memory for us all, as we consign it to the history books!
Sending Love and Best Wishes to you all from
Jimmy & May & Eric & Gloria & Kath & Pauline”