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Roy Hudd: ‘Walking encyclopedia of British Music Hall’ 150 150 mhamer

Roy Hudd: ‘Walking encyclopedia of British Music Hall’

So sad to hear of the passing of my friend who did it all, comedian/actor/writer, Roy Hudd s a walking encyclopaedia of the British Music Hall, he will be so missed by everyone in the entertainment business! My thoughts and prayers are with Debbie and his family at this time!

Jimmy Cricket says the late Roy Hudd OBE will be missed by everybody in the showbusiness world.

Roy, an actor, radio host, author and authority on the history of music hall entertainment, died earlier this week at the age of 83 after a short illness.

He hosted BBC Radio 2’s The News Huddlines for 26 years and also starred in Coronation Street.

Roy died on Sunday 15 March, with his wife Debbie at his side.

The all-round entertainer appeared in Corrie as Archie Shuttleworth on and off between 2002 and 2010.

Fellow funnyman Jimmy said on social media: “So sad to hear of the passing of my friend who did it all.

He will be so missed

“Comedian/actor/writer, Roy was a walking encyclopedia of the British Music Hall.

“He will be so missed by everyone in the entertainment business.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Debbie and his family at this time.”

Roy, who was born in Croydon, Surrey, earned praise for his roles in Dennis Potter’s Lipstick on your Collar and Karaoke in the 1990s.

He also starred in acclaimed crime drama Ashes to Ashes.

Five years ago, he played his first pantomime dame in Dick Whittington and His Cat at the then newly renovated Wilton’s Music Hall in London.

Other TV credits include Broadchurch, Benidorm and Casualty.

Meeting old friends from Ireland at show in Spain 150 150 mhamer

Meeting old friends from Ireland at show in Spain

My thanks for a wonderful night at, “Coopers Bar” in Spain with owners Chanade and Doreen, fellow act, our great friend singer and compère @steviespit and met Michele from 25yrs ago, when as a nurse I visited her children’s hospital and it made the local paper in Great Yarmouth!

Jimmy Cricket is enjoying his latest visit to Spain, where he has three shows during February.

The famous funnyman first performed at the Coopers Arms in Ciudad Quesada near Alicante on Tuesday (25 February).

He tweeted the photo above and a message.

It read: “My thanks for a wonderful night at, “Coopers Bar”, with owners Chanade and Doreen, fellow act, our great friend singer and compère @steviespit.

“I met Michele 25yrs ago, when as a nurse I visited her children’s hospital and it made the local paper in Great Yarmouth.”

On Wednesday (26 February), Jimmy did a show at the Emerald Isle in the La Florida complex in Orihuela.

Lovely meeting up with old friends at the Emerald Isle in Spain last night, pictured here with Ruth the Chef, who like the owners, Brendan and Paul are from Waterfront Ireland!

He put the photo above on social media.

Belfast-born Jimmy said: “Lovely meeting up with old friends at the Emerald Isle last night, pictured here with Ruth the Chef, who like the owners, Brendan and Paul are from Waterfront Ireland.”

With a growing ex-pat market within the Alicante and Benidorm regions, Jimmy has done shows regularly in Spain.

The last date on his latest visit is on Friday (28 February) at Hotel Marina in Alicante.

Find out where Jimmy, 74, is performing next and view all his tour dates on this website.

Return to the Benidorm Palace beckons in 2017 150 150 mhamer

Return to the Benidorm Palace beckons in 2017

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Jimmy Cricket will be returning to the Benidorm Palace in the Alicante region of Spain during the spring of 2017.

The popular 71-year-old entertainer made his first appearance there last autumn (below right) and he is back at this premier venue on the Spanish coastline, which is a real hit with British tourists.

Jimmy Cricket performing at the Benidorm Palace

His visit is scheduled for Sunday 5 March, when he will be the special guest on a bill that will also feature the 60s band Gerry and The Pacemakers as the headliners.

The show has been put together by Jimmy’s friend, Tony Crane, who is one of the founding members and lead singers of The Merseybeats – another band from the 1960s.

Although this glitzy concert hall (pictured above and below) is owned by an English family, throughout the year it hosts not just British shows but concerts for the local Spanish population as well.

Jimmy said: “I’m a real fan of this venue that has a tremendous reputation as the place to appear at within this region of Spain.”

Benidorm Palace

There’s more… Jimmy Cricket’s festive message 150 150 mhamer

There’s more… Jimmy Cricket’s festive message

Jimmy CricketDear Cricket Times readers,

Well, I cannot believe we have come to the end of another year!

When I look back over the last 12 months, I can safely say 2015 has been a special year for me. This is because not only did I turn 70 years old, but I was deeply humbled to receive the award of a papal knight from the Roman Catholic Church.

Over the course of the last year I have bumped into many of you at some of the wonderful shows I have appeared in, around a host of different locations and venues.

I should give special mention to the recent tour I have just finished with the Osmonds as part of the Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular. This was an amazing tour which visited venues that were incredibly well attended – many even sold out – and everywhere the show went the reception was warm and lively.

So thank you for coming along and seeing one of these shows, or keeping in touch through my website, Facebook pages or Twitter feed.

As we fast approach the New Year, I am pleased to say I have plenty to look forward to over the next 12 months, such as:

  • A 32-date spring season at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool
  • Participating in a seven-date tour of a great comedy show called You Must Be Joking around Northern Ireland in February
  • Embarking on a couple of trips to the Benidorm region of Spain to appear at some fantastic venues
  • Visiting the Warner holiday resorts and heritage hotel locations on the Isle of Wight and in Harrogate
  • The first significant moment is scheduled for Saturday 16 January when the Bishop of Salford will formally preside over a ceremony to present me with my papal honour.

So if I did not catch you during the last year, maybe I might get a chance to bump into you in 2016?

All that remains for me to do is to wish you and your family a very happy, peaceful and joyful Christmas season and a wonderful start to the New Year!

Jimmy Cricket (23 December 2015)

Help The Heroes show at Spain’s Benidorm Palace 150 150 mhamer

Help The Heroes show at Spain’s Benidorm Palace

The Benidorm Palace in Spain

Jimmy Cricket recently fulfilled a major ambition when he took to the stage at the Benidorm Palace in Spain.

The famous entertainer performed alongside pop artist Chesney Hawkes, singer and reality TV star Stacey Solomon and comedian Duncan Norvelle.

Jimmy Cricket performing at the Benidorm Palace in Spain

The Benidorm Palace is a dinner cabaret venue with a touch of class. Since it opened in 1977, it has welcomed a host of shows and entertainers, appealing to not only the British visitor market in the town but also the local Spanish population as well.

Jimmy said: “I have always wanted to appear at this venue for the last few years and have come close to doing so on several occasions.

“I have always felt it is a really prestigious venue and has a touch of Las Vegas in this part of Spain, so I was thrilled when at last I got the opportunity.”

And his performance went down very well in front of an audience that was a mix of local British ex-pats and tourists.

The show was organised by Benidorm-based performer Steve Spit  and all proceeds from the event were donated to the Help the Heroes charity.

For more information about the Benidorm Palace, visit http://www.benidorm-palace.com/

Johnny Vegas to also feature in film 150 150 mhamer

Johnny Vegas to also feature in film

Johnny Vegas is appearing in the Womble film

Famous actor and comedian Johnny Vegas is to appear in the Womble movie, which is being filmed on location in North Wales and also features entertainer Jimmy Cricket. 

St Helens-born Johnny is well known for his appearances in the hit ITV comedy drama Benidorm and also for popping up in adverts for tea brand PG Tips with a stuffed puppet monkey!

His addition to the cast is another major coup for the people behind Womble the movie, as it also includes top comedian Jimmy, 69, who will play himself as a talent contest judge.

The film is about a man called Aloysius Rupert Womble (played by actor and comedian Tom Spencer), who is in his 30s and living with Asperger’s Syndrome in a typical seaside resort town.

Children and adults affected by Asperger’s Syndrome have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviours.

Aloysius’s dream is to become a stand-up comedian. The film is a week-long snapshot of his life as he goes through the trials of living with a cognitive disorder, while dealing with the injustices forced upon him by society and parts of his community.

Over the seven-day period he prepares for the biggest night of his life – a talent show in his local pub.

The film will feature songs from the Beautiful South’s former lead singer Briana Corrigan and American Pie star Thomas Nicholas, as well as a string of original songs written by songwriters especially for the movie.