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Charity painter Charlie Chittenden’s portrait 150 150 mhamer

Charity painter Charlie Chittenden’s portrait

Jimmy Cricket with Charlie Chittenden on Facebook

Jimmy Cricket recently met up with a painter who has produced a portrait of him.

Jimmy Cricket with Charlie Chittenden and the painting

The well-known entertainer was due to perform at the Astor Theatre in Deal, Kent, when he was visited in his dressing room before the show by Charlie Chittenden.

Charlie paints portraits of celebrities and famous people and then auctions them off to raise money for the Demelza Hospice Care for Children, which is based in the South-East.

He had created a painting of Jimmy and wanted to pop over to the theatre in Deal to have a picture with the man himself and the portrait. One of the photographs taken of their meeting is now Charlie’s Facebook profile picture (top).

Jimmy said: “I was thrilled to meet Charlie and was impressed with his painting. I hope it will raise a few quid for such a worthy cause.”

Kent theatre manager receives special praise 150 150 mhamer

Kent theatre manager receives special praise

Jimmy Cricket and Phil Hoyles

Jimmy Cricket had special praise for the theatre manager after his recent appearance in Deal on the Kent coastline.

Jimmy Cricket with the young dancers

The show at the Astor Theatre was co-promoted by a man called Phil Hoyles (above), who performs a tribute to the late Tommy Cooper and did a great job in helping to make the event take place.

Both Phil and Jimmy were joined on stage by the top comedian’s wife, the female vocalist May Marion, and dancers from the Deal Academy of Performing Arts (right).

The dance school is based at the Astor Theatre and their director Sarah Dean did a great job choreographing her bunch of enthusiastic dancers for the show.

Famous entertainer Jimmy, 70, said: “Special praise goes to the theatre’s manager James Tillit.

“In all of my years performing in theatres up and down the length and breadth of the UK, he is the first manager who not only volunteered, but physically helped me bring into the theatre’s back stage area all of his equipment for the evening’s show. This did not go unnoticed!”