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Jimmy returns to Darlington for panto – 21 years after his last appearance! 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy returns to Darlington for panto – 21 years after his last appearance!

Jimmy Cricket in panto costume

Jimmy Cricket will be appearing in the Darlington Civic Theatre’s pantomime at Christmas in a version of Cinderella.

This winter seasonal offering will feature Jimmy alongside “Dancing with Ice” sensation Ray Quinn and Deena Payne – who appeared on “Emmerdale” for 18 years.

Interestingly, this will be quite a return for Jimmy to Darlington. The last time he appeared in the Theatre’s Pantomime was 21 years ago and ironically it was also a version of Cinderella! Back then in 1990 he played the role of Buttons, although this year he is lined up for the part of Baron Hardup.

“That 1990 pantomime season was a real hoot!” says Jimmy. “The Chuckle Brothers were playing the part of the Brokers Men.”

Jimmy added: “Inbetween shows Barry Chuckle and I would go across to Crombies restaurant to have something to eat and Barry would pick up a salt cellar and say ‘to you, to me’ and have me in hysterics!”

Jimmy is thrilled to not only be back in Darlington and working with such a wonderful cast, he is also really pleased to be back working for QDOS Pantomimes. This is a company Jimmy believes puts enchantment into every single production that they do.

‘Lovely show – please come again’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Lovely show – please come again’

Tables laid out for Jimmy's show at the Kidderminster Rotary Club at the Ramada

Jimmy Cricket did a show for the Kidderminster Rotary Club at the Ramada Hotel in Bewdley, Worcestershire, this week.

And Jimmy received a very nice email afterwards from Bill Crook of the Rotary.

Bill said: “Thank-you for a lovely evening. We all enjoyed your lovely show – please come again.

“It is refreshing that we didn’t hear a smutty joke. Well done.”

* Look in Jimmy’s photo gallery (on the right of each page on the site apart from the homepage) to see more pics from this event

Invited to help the Street Angels 150 150 mhamer

Invited to help the Street Angels

Jimmy Cricket with Paul Blakey MBE, the founder and CEO of Halifax-based charity Street Angels, and the Mayor of Calderdale at the Overgate Hospice's summer garden party

Jimmy Cricket with Paul Blakey MBE, the founder and CEO of Halifax-based charity Street Angels, and the Mayor of Calderdale at the Overgate Hospice's summer garden party

Jimmy Cricket has had a nice invite to do some fund-raising shows for a Halifax-based charity which does some great work for those in need on the streets of the West Yorkshire town.

Paul Blakey MBE, the founder and CEO of Street Angels, sent Jimmy an email after we met recently at the Overgate Hospice’s summer garden party.

He said: “Street Angels was founded by myself in November 2005 in Halifax and has since spread to around 100 towns and cities across the UK.

“We work mainly within the nighttime economy helping those who are or who may become vulnerable – including elderly people leaving the theatre, homeless, those who have had too much to drink, etc…

“As the success of Street Angels grew we developed the CNI Network which helps new towns to start up, offers help and resources, speaks at a national level to Government, Police, etc about the nighttime economy. We have also launched other ideas around community action, including Love Your Streets.

“It would be great if Jimmy would do some concerts for us as fundraising events! One event we started planning last week is a Garden Party in Bedford on Wednesday 26th October – mid to late afternoon with afternoon tea and keynote entertainment. Then maybe a similar event/evening in Halifax for our Northern supporters in November.”

Great fundraising day in West Yorkshire 150 150 mhamer

Great fundraising day in West Yorkshire

Jimmy Cricket at the Overgate Hospice's annual summer garden party. Picture courtesy of Neil Hurst

Jimmy Cricket was at the Overgate Hospice  in Elland near Halifax, West Yorkshire, on Sunday (June 22) for their annual summer garden party.

Here is one of the photographs from what was a great fundraising day. You can see the rest on the photo gallery which is on the right of every page on my website.

The weather was kind as it stayed dry which always helps at a summer garden party!

Jimmy is grateful to fabulous singer and friend Neil Hurst. Praise also goes to Janet and Caroline who are tip-top fundraisers.

It was also great to see Mayor Naden of Calderdale, his Kilkenny-born wife and their two handsome sons.

Jimmy would love to meet you 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy would love to meet you

Comedian Jimmy Cricket

Don’t forget folks that if you want to feature in Jimmy’s Cricket Times, just come and meet Jimmy after any of his shows.

Make sure you bring your camera and just introduce yourselves.

Jimmy would love to meet you!

A round-up of some of Jimmy Cricket’s latest shows 150 150 nasarik

A round-up of some of Jimmy Cricket’s latest shows

This is a great photo that was taken on the afternoon of the Grand National horse race back in April. Jimmy was on his way to attend my brother’s 75th birthday celebration. Whilst in Scotland, and travelling north on the M74, he stopped at a service area.

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