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9/11: Social media video marks 18th anniversary 150 150 mhamer

9/11: Social media video marks 18th anniversary

In memory of all those who lost their lives as victims on that day 18 years ago, and all those who bravely went in to face the horror with only one thought, which was to help!Jimmy Cricket posted a tribute video on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.

It was taken at the site of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (also known as the 9/11 Memorial & Museum).

The memorial commemorates the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

It is located at the World Trade Center site, the former location of the Twin Towers destroyed during the attacks.

The memorial is operated by a non-profit institution, whose mission is to raise funds for and operate the memorial and museum.

Jimmy posted video taken by his family at the memorial site (the photo above right is from the footage).

The Northern Irish entertainer tweeted: “In memory of all those who lost their lives as victims on that day 18 years ago, and all those who bravely went in to face the horror with only one thought, which was to help!”

‘A day etched in all our minds’

Jimmy and members of his family were on holiday in New York this summer.

In addition to a visit to the 9/11 Memorial, they also attended Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, went to a show on Broadway and had a trip to the historic Ellis Island.

Jimmy tweeted at the time: “Our last day in New York and we went to celebrate Mass in the iconic St Patrick’s Cathedral.

“Then onto 9/11 Memorial where once the Twin Towers stood, a day etched in all our minds…

“Now an epitaph to all those who died and also a testament to man’s lack of humanity and empathy.”

The Statue of Liberty

Ellis Island, in New York Harbour, contains a museum and a former immigration inspection station.

It was the United States’ busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 to 1954.

Ellis Island processed about 12 million immigrants to the country through the Port of New York and New Jersey.

Today, it is part of the Statue of Liberty national monument (above right) and hosts a museum of immigration.

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My visit to Ruby Murray mural on eve of Newry show 150 150 mhamer

My visit to Ruby Murray mural on eve of Newry show

David Hull Promotions 6 September at 16:53 · Before their comedy show in Newry last night. Jimmy Cricket and John Linehan aka May McFettridge's driver stopped by to look at this Ruby Murray Mural on the Donegall Road Belfast.

Jimmy Cricket went to see a mural of an old friend – Ruby Murray – when he returned to the Emerald Isle recently.

The popular entertainer was in his birth city of Belfast preparing to appear in the You Must Be Joking show at Newry Town Hall.

The night before the performance, he went with John Linehan, aka May McFettridge, to look at the mural (above) on the Donegall Road.

Ruby was a Northern Irish singer and actress. She was one of the most popular singers in the British Isles in the 1950s, having several hits in the UK Singles.

In March 1955, she made pop chart history by having five singles in the Top Twenty in one week.

Jimmy said: “I had the great pleasure of knowing Ruby when she lived down in Torquay, Devon. Mrs C and myself shared many a laugh with this great lady of song!”

You Must Be Joking' - Join George Jones as he introduces a night of the best of Northern Irish stand-ups for an evening of pure comedy heaven on Thursday 5th September at Newry Town Hall.Also appearing in the show on Thursday 5 September with Jimmy and John were Gene Fitzpatrick and George Jones.

Added Jimmy: “My thanks to #DavidHullPromotions for all the hospitality yesterday while doing the show with John, Gene, George and Ivan on keyboards, it was very much appreciated! 🎭”

David Hull Promotions, one of Northern Ireland’s leading Entertainment Agencies for over 30 years, co-produced the performance.

The show was part of lur Cinn Fleadh, an annual traditional Irish music and community festival in Newry City, County Down.

It took place from 5–8 September in various venues.

May McFettridge is known as Northern Ireland’s very own queen of comedy.

She has earned a special place in the hearts of audiences young and old alike with her distinctive brand of affectionate but well-aimed gibes and witticisms.

May has been the Panto Dame in the Grand Opera House Belfast for almost 30 years.

Oh I do like to perform along the prom, prom, prom… 150 150 mhamer

Oh I do like to perform along the prom, prom, prom…

Great to be back @LyndeneHotel here in Blackpool, along the Promenade

Jimmy Cricket expressed his delight at returning to the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool.

The veteran comedian, whose last appearance at the popular hotel was in May, performed on Wednesday and Saturday last week.

He also has shows at the Lyndene on the last two Wednesdays of September (18 and 25).

Jimmy tweeted after Wednesday’s performance: “Great to be back @LyndeneHotel here in Blackpool, along the Promenade🎭.”

What a lovely sunset here @LyndeneHotel this evening! 🎭

And then after Saturday’s show, he posted photos (above) of the Blackpool twilight sky, saying: “What a lovely sunset here@LyndeneHotel this evening!🎭

A poster shows the Halloween Week acts at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

The famous entertainer will also perform at the Lyndene on three nights during December – 11, 18 and 31 – as part of the festive season.

Before then, he appears on stage there during Halloween week (30 October) – see right for poster.

You can see the rest of his dates at the hotel for 2019 below.

The Lyndene, perched on the Blackpool seafront, is one of the resort’s unique locations as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

Jimmy, who turns 74 in October, performs in two separate lounges on the same night, along with other artists.

Other acts include comedian Carl Schofield and Stars in Their Eyes winner Peter Sarsfield as Frankie Valli.

Jimmy Cricket's Lyndene Hotel dates in 2019

Jimmy announced earlier this year that he is to spend a FIFTH season next year at the Lyndene Hotel.

The Belfast-born comedian, who lives in his adopted hometown of Rochdale, has at least two shows almost every month in 2020.

That is apart from December next year, when he performs three times, and February when he has none.

See next year’s dates below and visit the hotel’s website here.

Tour dates

You can check room availability and book here.

Or you can ring the hotel directly on 01253 346779.

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.Returning to what has become my second home working alongside many talented singers and old friends like @MALFORDUK , my thanks goes to Claire @TowerTopEnts and @LyndeneHotel the Manager Paul, and all the Team members for their hospitality and support over the last four years

Blackpool’s Lyndene Hotel: Return after summer break 150 150 mhamer

Blackpool’s Lyndene Hotel: Return after summer break

Jimmy Cricket is back at the Lyndene in Blackpool this week for the first time since late spring.

The veteran comedian, whose last appearance at the popular hotel was in May, performs four times there in September.

He is on stage on three Wednesdays (4, 18 and 25 September) and Saturday 7 September.

Tower Top Entertainments posted on social media: “Wednesday 4th September at the Lyndene Hotel, entertainment with vocal entertainer Andy Gale, excellent vocalist Tom McLeod and returning with his residency comedy from TV’s Irish Comedy Legend Jimmy Cricket.

Wednesday 4th September at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool entertainment with vocal entertainer Andy Gale, excellent vocalist Tom McLeod and returning with his residency comedy from TV's Irish Comedy Legend Jimmy Cricket. Show starts at 6.45pm with Resident keyboard player Ray Bentley followed by Host & Comere 'Mr Entertainment' Wayne Lester

“Show starts at 6.45pm with Resident keyboard player Ray Bentley followed by Host & Compere ‘Mr Entertainment’ Wayne Lester.”

A poster shows the Halloween Week acts at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

The famous entertainer will perform on three nights during December – 11, 18 and 31 – as part of the festive season.

He also appears during Halloween week (30 October) at the popular seaside resort (see right for poster).

You can see the rest of his dates at the hotel for 2019 below.

The Lyndene, perched on the Blackpool seafront, is one of the resort’s unique locations as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

Jimmy, who turns 74 in October, performs in two separate lounges on the same night, along with other artists.

Other acts include comedian Carl Schofield and Stars in Their Eyes winner Peter Sarsfield as Frankie Valli.

Jimmy Cricket's Lyndene Hotel dates in 2019

Jimmy announced earlier this year that he is to spend a FIFTH season next year at the Lyndene Hotel.

The Belfast-born comedian, who lives in his adopted hometown of Rochdale, has at least two shows almost every month in 2020.

That is apart from December next year, when he performs three times, and February when he has none.

See next year’s dates below and visit the hotel’s website here.

Tour dates

You can check room availability and book here.

Or you can ring the hotel directly on 01253 346779.

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.Returning to what has become my second home working alongside many talented singers and old friends like @MALFORDUK , my thanks goes to Claire @TowerTopEnts and @LyndeneHotel the Manager Paul, and all the Team members for their hospitality and support over the last four years

Don Maclean: Good things like my old pal are timeless 150 150 mhamer

Don Maclean: Good things like my old pal are timeless

Don Maclean made his latest appearnace at the West Cliff Theatre in August

Jimmy Cricket has paid tribute to his fellow funnyman and great friend Don Maclean who is still going strong at the age of 75.

Don is an English actor and comedian who appeared on the BBC television series Crackerjack with the likes of Michael Aspel in the 1970s.

He has appeared regularly at the West Cliff Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea over the years and headlined the summer show there last month.

Jimmy, 73, said: “While a Butlin Redcoat in Clacton in 1967, I went to the West Cliff Theatre to see the summer show. The star comedian was Don Maclean.

“In 2019 the Westcliff is still going strong and guess who the star comedian of their summer show is?.. Don Maclean. Good things are timeless.”

The Clacton and Frinton gazette said on 9 August: “Clacton’s West Cliff Theatre Summer Show has got off to a flying start in its 125th anniversary year.

Golden age of variety

“The theatre’s summer variety is the longest running continuous show in the country and this year the West Cliff pulled out all the stops to celebrate the anniversary, including pulling in variety star Don Maclean to headline.

“The comic, who shot to fame in the BBC’s Crackerjack in the 1970s, was clearly at home on the West Cliff stage, where he first topped the bill in 1967.

“His quick wit and humour are reminiscent of a golden age of variety, but his routines are still laugh out loud funny for all ages.

“Don has been a regular visitor to the West Cliff and he also went down a storm in the fabulous one-off 125 Show celebration earlier this year.”

Don had travelled up for the service from his home in Solihull when Jimmy was invested as a Knight of the Pontifical Order of St Gregory the Great several years ago.

The service took place at St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Rochdale in 2016. Don is himself a papal knight.

Story from the archives: Jimmy Cricket is appointed a papal knight

Jimmy Cricket’s LEP column: My celebrity blunders 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket’s LEP column: My celebrity blunders

Well folks! Have you ever accidently put your foot in it! 😂 😂 Here's a fun loving look at a couple of little blunders I had along the way in the world of showbusiness!
Jimmy Cricket reveals in his latest LEP column some blunders he has made in relation to fellow celebrities.
Well folks! Have you ever accidently put your foot in it! 😂 😂 Here's a fun loving look at a couple of little blunders I had along the way in the world of showbusiness!
In the 19 August edition of the Lancashire Post newspaper, the Northern Irish entertainer recalls when he failed to recognise two well-known actors.
Jimmy highlighted his article on social media by tweeting: “Well folks! Have you ever accidentally put your foot in it!😂😂Here’s a fun-loving look at a couple of little blunders I had along the way in the world of showbusiness!😉
He says he had once been talking to the late great Andrew Sachs, who played Manuel in the classic comedy Fawlty Towers.
It was only when somebody shouted in their direction “look, it’s Manuel!” that Jimmy realised.
And he admits: “I’m ashamed to say it didn’t dawn on me.
Ground-swallowing moment
“Of course, I apologised profusely. He, to his eternal credit, let me off the hook by replying ‘why should you recognise me dear fellow when I’m not in my working clothes’.”
Jimmy continues: “My next ground-swallowing moment involved a star from Coronation Street.
“A gentleman called Gerry Kelly hosted an Irish TV chat show and he flew over to Granada Studios in Manchester to record an episode.
“I found myself sitting beside none other than Jim McDonald.
“If you remember, Jim was married to Liz on the street. And, as we were both from Northern Ireland, we had a rare old time chin-wagging.
“Now, for some reason, I’d got it into my head that his first real name was Jim as well as his Corrie Street character. Wrong!
“After a few minutes, he leaned over and said ‘it’s just a character, my real name’s Charlie’.
Jimmy says he himself sometimes got mistaken for another famous Irish comedian – the late Frank Carson – on numerous occasions.
 
Lyndene Hotel: Christmas acts revealed at Blackpool hotel 150 150 mhamer

Lyndene Hotel: Christmas acts revealed at Blackpool hotel

Jimmy Cricket is billed as “TV’s Irish comedy legend” in the Lyndene Hotel’s Christmas line-up.

Jimmy Cricket headlines the Lyndene Hotel's Christmas line-up

The Blackpool hotel has revealed its festive acts on a sparkling poster (above).

Jimmy tweeted: “Sharing the new poster from @TowerTopEnts for Christmas, hosted @LyndeneHotel this festive season!🎭

A poster shows the Halloween Week acts at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

The famous entertainer will perform on three nights during December – 11, 18 and 31.

He also appears during Halloween week at the popular seaside resort (see right for poster).

Before then, Jimmy is back at the Lyndene Hotel after a break over the summer on Wednesday 4 September.

You can see the rest of his dates at the hotel for 2019 below.

The Lyndene, perched on the seafront, is one of Blackpool’s unique locations as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

Its Twitter account says it is a “beautiful 140 ensuite bedroom seafront hotel offering entertainment every evening, 3/4 atistes nightly, inc top tribute acts”.

Jimmy, who turns 74 in October, performs in two separate lounges on the same night, along with the other artists.

Other acts include comedian Carl Schofield, a Vintage with Style show from CJ Stewart and Stars in Their Eyes winner Peter Sarsfield as Frankie Valli.

Jimmy Cricket's Lyndene Hotel dates in 2019

Jimmy announced earlier this year that he is to spend a FIFTH season next year at the Lyndene Hotel.

The Belfast-born comedian, who lives in his adopted hometown of Rochdale, has at least two shows almost every month in 2020.

That is apart from December, when he performs three times, and February when he has none.

See next year’s dates below and visit the hotel’s website here.

Tour dates

You can check room availability and book here.

Or you can ring the hotel directly on 01253 346779.

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.Returning to what has become my second home working alongside many talented singers and old friends like @MALFORDUK , my thanks goes to Claire @TowerTopEnts and @LyndeneHotel the Manager Paul, and all the Team members for their hospitality and support over the last four years