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BBC Radio Lancashire interview about first play 150 150 mhamer

BBC Radio Lancashire interview about first play

New #theatre show about a #comedy double act on their last night in the spotlight called #NoMoreFiffingandFaffing on @ThwaitesEmpire. The very funny @jimmy__cricket, @ColinMeredith52 who's been in lots of TV shows chat 2 @Gillylancs on @BBCLancashire?➡️ – at BBC Radio Lancashire

Jimmy Cricket has been interviewed on BBC Radio Lancashire about the staging of his first play later this month.

The famous comedian was accompanied by fellow actor Colin Meredith to talk about No more Fiffing and Faffing, which will be performed at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday 16 September at 7.30pm.

Appearing with Jimmy and Colin, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years, will be Jonathan Young from The Bachelors.

Tickets cost £10. You can also book by telephoning 01254 685 500. The theatre’s email address is

Listen to Jimmy and Colin chatting to BBC Radio Lancashire presenter John Gillmore here (the interview starts at 1.50.20)

Read more about the play and book online 

Jimmy Cricket's new play is called No more Fiffing and Faffing

Steve Royle & Fr Frankie Mulgrew in Bolton show 150 150 mhamer

Steve Royle & Fr Frankie Mulgrew in Bolton show

Jimmy Cricket will be appearing at Thornleigh College in Bolton with Steve Royle and Fr Frankie MulgrewJimmy Cricket is appearing in a special event at Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton in aid of CAFOD – the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development.

In what will be a unique evening of comedy entertainment, Jimmy will be joined on stage by special guest comedian Steve Royle, who regularly hosts a Saturday morning show on BBC Radio Lancashire and featured in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights live show.

The evening will be hosted by comedian-turned-Catholic priest, Fr Frankie Mulgrew – Jimmy’s younger son – and there will be the odd surprise on show from pupils who attend the college.

This event is in aid of CAFOD who stand beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture.

Through CAFOD’s local church partners around the world, they help people directly in their own communities and campaign for global justice.

Tickets for this night of fun and frivolity on Thursday 11 May are priced at £8 and £5 and are available from the reception at Thornleigh College (01204) 301 351.

Lending a hand to BBC Children in Need appeal 150 150 mhamer

Lending a hand to BBC Children in Need appeal

Jimmy Cricket with BBC presenter Graham Liver and his special Pudsey Bear bedJimmy Cricket has given his support to this year’s Children in Need, the BBC’s annual charity marathon.

The much-loved comedian, 71, was invited to see BBC Radio Lancashire’s main fundraising activity for this year’s appeal during a visit to their Blackburn studios recently.

He was there to be interviewed as part of his tour across the BBC local radio network to promote his new charity Christmas CD.

In between interviews Jimmy was invited to pop out to meet Graham Liver who is tasked with dragging a four-poster bed all the way from West Yorkshire to the Lancashire coastline.

Graham, a television newsreader on BBC North West Tonight and Breakfast presenter on BBC Radio Lancashire, will set off from Pudsey – located midway between Leeds and Bradford in West Yorkshire – and walk more than 100 miles to Bare in Morecambe, Lancashire. Pudsey Bear is BBC Children in Need’s mascot.

He will drag his specially designed bed along highways and country lanes, meeting listeners in many of the towns and villages covered by BBC Radio Lancashire.

Graham set off on Saturday (12 November) and aims to complete the challenge in time to help out Pudsey Bear and friends on Children in Need appeal night, which is Friday 18 November.

Jimmy said: “I wish Graham all the very best and hope he raises buckets-full of cash for this annual fundraising drive.”

* Jimmy’s new charity Christmas CD, Santa bring my wellies back to me, is available to buy from this website through a PayPal facility or in person directly from the Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Several BBC radio chats scheduled for November 150 150 mhamer

Several BBC radio chats scheduled for November

Lourdes fundraiser is Mulgrew family affair 150 150 mhamer

Lourdes fundraiser is Mulgrew family affair

Charity comedy night for pilgrimage to Lourdes 150 150 mhamer

Charity comedy night for pilgrimage to Lourdes

Sick children on a pilgrimage with the Catholic Church to Lourdes

Veteran entertainer Jimmy Cricket is appearing in a charity show in Greater Manchester on Friday (29 April).

The comedy night in Bury is being staged to raise much-needed funds to send sick children on a pilgrimage with the Catholic Church to the famous shrine of Lourdes in the South of France (last year’s group are pictured above).

Jimmy’s daughter, comedienne Katie Mulgrew, will host the show! The line-up has a further family twist as Jimmy’s son, former comedian Frankie Doodle – who left the stage for the pulpit and who is now Fr Frankie Mulgrew – will also be performing.

The list of entertainers is completed by special guest comedian Steve Royle from BBC Radio Lancashire’s Saturday morning show.

Friday at the Fusiliers will be held in the function suite of the Fusiliers Museum in Bury town centre.

Tickets for the event, priced £12 in advance and £13 on the door, are available from the museum in person, on (0161) 763 8950 or via email at 

For more information on the event, please contact the event organiser Dom Hyndman at

Burnley FC event raises £10,000 for good causes 150 150 mhamer

Burnley FC event raises £10,000 for good causes

Burnley Football Club

Almost 450 people attended the Pauline Helm Memorial Event at Burnley Football Club, where Jimmy Cricket was one of the entertainers.

The Pauline Helm Memorial Event took place at Burnley Football ClubThe fund-raising gala dinner evening was organised by Pauline’s widower, Graham Helm (pictured below with Jimmy), and was held in one of the club’s main function suites, which was packed to the rafters with almost 450 people there.

It was hosted by BBC Radio Lancashire presenter Sally Naden and, apart from Jimmy’s contribution, the entertainment programme also featured Bacup-born international opera singer Sean Ruane (pictured below right with his wife) and music from the excellent band, A few good men.

International opera singer Sean Ruane with his wifeFamous Northern Irish comedian Jimmy said: “The evening raised a magnificent £10,000 in total and this achieved figure was a richly deserved outcome for Graham after all of his efforts over a number of months in the lead-up to the event.”

The money raised will now be split between two great causes, with £7,000 being awarded to the local East Lancashire Hospice and £3,000 going to construct an outdoor performance space for young people in Burnley.

Jimmy Cricket and Graham Helm at the memorial event at Burnley Football Club