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Jimmy Cricket: Six shows in nine days across UK 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket: Six shows in nine days across UK

Jimmy Cricket has had a particularly busy nine days during October.

The famous entertainer did no fewer than six shows, which took him to various parts of the UK.

He began his hectic spell at a church in Whitefield, Greater Manchester, before moving south to Derby for his next show.

In addition, Jimmy, 74, performed at Hayling Island in Hampshire.

After that, he made two appearances at his favourite Blackpool hotel, with West Bradford Village Hall sandwiched in between.

11 October: Besses o’ th’ Barn United Reformed Church is based in Bury New Rod, Whitefield.

@jimmy__cricket: Fantastic evening at Besses 0’ The Barn United Reformed Church with organiser, Children’s Entertainer Chris, compère Jim Nicholas. With Jimmy Jermaine as Cliff Richard, and the John Stokes Bachelor’s, alongside Carnaby Street🎭

Jimmy Cricket: Fantastic evening at Besses 0’ The Barn United Reformed Church with organiser, Children’s Entertainer Chris, compère Jim Nicholas, with Jimmy Jermaine as Cliff Richard, and the John Stokes Bachelor’s, alongside Carnaby Street

13 October: Derby & Nottingham Music Hall Association @ Derby & Nottingham Music Hall Association.
tommy J entertainer tweeted: @tommyents What an amazing gig at the Derby conference centre! With a amazing lovely man Jimmy Cricket ! And what a pleasure to see Mr Bernie Clifton ! #pros #comehere #comedy #crazy #juggler @jimmy__cricket 
tommy J entertainer @tommyents · Oct 13 What an amazing gig at the Derby conference centre ! With a amazing lovely man Jimmy Cricket ! And what a pleasure to see mr Bernie Clifton ! #pros #comehere #comedy #crazy #juggler @jimmy__cricket @bernieclifton_
Jimmy tweeted: Fabulous afternoon for the Derby & Nottingham Music Association with compère Clive. Speciality Act @tommyents, with his sister Lucy, singers, Jimmy and Mrs C. with Nigel as our Musical Director, alongside catching up with great friends, Simon, Joanie, Peter and Gail
Jimmy Cricket: Fabulous afternoon for the Derby & Nottingham Music Association with compère Clive, Speciality Act @tommyents , with his sister Lucy, singers, Jimmy and Mrs C. with Nigel as our Musical Director, alongside catching up with great friends, Simon, Joanie, Peter and Gail
15 October: Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island, Hampshire

Jimmy tweeted: Wonderful atmosphere @MillRytheResort here in Hayling Island tonight, for @AwayResortsUK. My thanks goes to Ents Manager Tom, sound and lighting by Matt, and compère Vince, and Kate at Reception, for their help and hospitality!

Jimmy Cricket: Wonderful atmosphere @MillRytheResort here in Hayling Island tonight, for @AwayResortsUK , my thanks goes to Ents Manager Tom, sound and lighting by Matt, and compère Vince, and Kate at Reception, for their help and hospitality!

16 October: Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

Jimmy tweeted: Back from Hayling Island and here at Blackpool’s hugely successful establishment @LyndeneHotel. I am one of three acts a night alongside resident compère Wayne Lester!

Jimmy Cricket: Back from Hayling Island and here at Blackpool’s hugely successful establishment @LyndeneHotel I am one of three acts a night alongside resident compère Wayne Lester!

18 October: West Bradford Village Hall
Jimmy tweeted: Fantastic evening at the West Bradford Village Hall for organisers Michael and Janet Fox, (with Elvis tribute Jim Nicholas, alongside Mrs C.). Susan their friend baked me this wonderful birthday cake
Jimmy Cricket: Fantastic evening at the West Bradford Village Hall for organisers Michael and Janet Fox, (with Elvis tribute Jim Nicholas, alongside Mrs C.), Susan their friend baked me this wonderful birthday cake!
19 October: Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool
Jimmy tweeted: Lovely to be back in Blackpool, @LyndeneHotel and the resort is buzzing tonight with visitors, which is wonderful to see!
Jimmy Cricket: Lovely to be back in Blackpool, @LyndeneHotel and the resort is buzzing tonight with visitors, which is wonderful to see!

Jimmy’s next show at the Lyndene – where he has performed regularly for the past few years – is in Halloween week (30 October).

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 Cricket's Lyndene Hotel dates in 2019

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

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

Tour dates

You can check room availability and book here.

Or 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 yearsAlso read: Oh I do like to perform along the prom, prom, prom

The Big Issue’s summer special features celebs 150 150 mhamer

The Big Issue’s summer special features celebs

Jimmy Cricket features in the summertime special of The Big Issue

Jimmy Cricket is among a host of famous entertainers – described as “old-school greats” – to feature in the summertime edition of The Big Issue.

Others include Cannon and Ball, the Chuckle Brothers, Sue Pollard from Hi-de-Hi!, Bernie Clifton and Joe Pasquale.

The Big Issue is a street newspaper founded by John Bird and Gordon Roddick in September 1991 and published on four continents. It is written by professional journalists and sold by individuals.

Its charitable foundation helps enable people who are homeless take control of their lives and earn a legitimate income.

Paul McNamee, editor of The Big Issue, posted on Twitter: “Very excited by our Summer Special, featuring old school greats including , Bernie Clifton, Chuckle Brothers & Sooty. What are you waiting for?

Mr McNamee is the first editor to manage The Big Issue across all national and regional editions as well as online.

A regular media commentator, he has been named Editor of the Year three times by PPA Scotland, and was named British Editor of The Year in 2013 and 2016 by the BSME (British Society of Magazine Editors).

 

Sir Ken Dodd: Jimmy Cricket pays tribute 150 150 mhamer

Sir Ken Dodd: Jimmy Cricket pays tribute

The BBC called Sir Ken Dodd a comedy legend

The BBC described Sir Ken as “one of the most popular comedians of his time”

Jimmy Cricket was quick to pay tribute to his close friend and fellow comedian Sir Ken Dodd who has died aged 90.

Liverpool legend Sir Ken, creator of the Diddy Men, had recently been released from hospital after six weeks of treatment for a chest infection.

Only days before his death – which was announced this morning (Monday) – he married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, at their house in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash.

Said Jimmy: “Sir Ken Dodd was not only our greatest ever stand-up comedian but a genuinely nice man.”

Replying to the tribute, which Jimmy had posted on his Twitter account, entertainer Bernie Clifton said: “A World without Ken Dodd is a poorer, darker place. What a Man, I’ve lost a good friend. RIP Sir.”

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said a book of condolence would open later on Monday, tweeting: “We are comforted by the joy and happiness he brought the world.”

Actress and fellow Liverpudlian Claire Sweeney posted her own tribute on Twitter (below) and included photos from Sir Ken’s 90th birthday party in the city.

Fellow Liverpudlian and actress Claire Sweeney shared some photos of the star's 90th birthday party on Twitter

Jimmy had been among those to pay tribute to his friend and fellow entertainer Sir Ken when he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award in October.

Sir Ken had received the accolade in front of a star-studded audience at the British Music Hall Society event at the Lansdowne Club in central London.

He was famous for his very long stand-up shows, which sometimes lasted until the early hours of the morning, along with his Diddy Men from Knotty Ash and his tickling stick.

The son of a coal merchant, Sir Ken had been a comedian since 1954 and made it into the Guinness Book of Records for telling 1,500 jokes in three-and-a-half hours.

Sir Ken was also a ventriloquist and an established singer. He had many recording hits, charting on 18 occasions in the UK Top 40, and his version of Bill Anderson’s Happiness, which reached 31 in the charts in 1964, became his signature song.

His recording of Tears topped the UK singles chart for five weeks in 1965, becoming the biggest hit single in Britain that year and selling more than a million copies in the UK alone, where it was the third best selling song of the 1960s and is the 39th top selling single of all time.

His publicist Robert Holmes said: “To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats. He passed away in the home that he was born in over 90 years ago. He’s never lived anywhere else. It’s absolutely amazing.”

Joining Bernie Clifton on Live-ish show 150 150 mhamer

Joining Bernie Clifton on Live-ish show

Jimmy Cricket with Bernie  Clifton, fitness trainer Kellyanne Sharman and BBC Radio Sheffield producer Rav

Jimmy Cricket appeared on a radio show presented by an old showbiz colleague earlier this month.

Jimmy Cricket performs on Bernie Clifton's BBC Radio Sheffield Live-ish show

The Northern Irish entertainer was among the guests on Bernie Clifton’s weekly BBC Radio Sheffield comedy show.

Jimmy was personally asked by Bernie to go over to South Yorkshire to take part in his show, which is called ‘Live-ish’. The name springs from the fact that the programme is recorded on a Friday morning in front of a studio audience, but is not broadcast until 1pm the following day.

Jimmy said: “I have known Bernie for three decades and have always had a fondness for his zany and visual approach to comedy, which is not too far away from my own style.

Jimmy Cricket performs on Bernie Clifton's BBC Radio Sheffield Live-ish show

“I really enjoyed taking part in the show and can see why it is gathering listeners all the time, as it now has become one of the most popular programmes produced by BBC Radio Sheffield.”

Top, Bernie and Jimmy are pictured alongside the show’s other guest that week, Sheffield-based fitness trainer Kellyanne Sharman, and the show’s producer, Rav.

Below, Jimmy and Kellyanne are with Peter Lewis, who was in the audience and took these photographs.

Listen to the show featuring Jimmy here

Jimmy Cricket with Peter Lewis and Kellyanne Sharman

And the latest Golden Wellie winner is… 150 150 mhamer

And the latest Golden Wellie winner is…

Jimmy Cricket’s latest Golden Wellington award has been presented to Danny Tujeshyn, who manages the restaurant at the Royal Toby Hotel in Castleton, Rochdale.

The famous entertainer decided to recognise the great hospitality and service Danny has provided to all who have been to the restaurant over the years, and also for all the assistance he has provided in helping the venue to host the Wooden Hut Club.

The club – of which Jimmy is a member – is a regular lunchtime get-together for the show business fraternity in the north of England.

Jimmy Cricket with Royal Toby manager Danny Tujeshyn

As Jimmy is a founding member, it just happened the club started meeting at the Royal Toby because of its proximity to the M62 motorway.

From its first convening several years ago, the club continues to meet at least six times a year at the Royal Toby restaurant and for its Christmas gathering it puts on a festive show for the elderly population of Rochdale.

Over the years, these lunchtime get togethers have featured notable performers such as Bernie Clifton, Graham Grumbleweed, Johnny Casson, Smug Roberts, John Henshall, Arthur Bostrom, Buzz Hawkins, Fred Fielder, Freddy ‘Parrot Face’ Davies and many more.

The latest club gathering was during the afternoon of Tuesday 21 October and Jimmy used the opportunity to thank in front of club members Danny’s contribution in helping to organise these luncheon events.

He also awarded Danny with the October Golden Wellington award (picture above).

Jimmy said: “I have been going to the Royal Toby restaurant for years, ever since I moved into Rochdale in the mid 1970s.

“It is my favourite restaurant because I am a fan of good food and good service. A lot of the latter has been down to how the restaurant has been run over the years and Danny has been a tremendous manager.

“When we started these Wooden Hut Club lunches several years ago, Danny was happy to host them – to the point where club members view the restaurant as its official home, even though we now have guests travelling over from as far as Chesterfield and Chester.

“This means there is no push to move the luncheon club to a venue in Manchester or Leeds as Danny always makes us feel very welcome and can be spotted wearing one of our Wooden Hut club badges!”

Fergie favourite is latest Wellie winner 150 150 mhamer

Fergie favourite is latest Wellie winner

One of Sir Alex Ferguson’s favourite entertainers has won Jimmy Cricket’s latest Golden Wellington award.

Eric Devereaux has had a stellar career as a compere and male vocalist, his notable stints during the cabaret heyday of the 60s and 70s including being a host at iconic venues such as Cadishead Conservative club  in Salford.

Jimmy Cricket presents Eric Devereaux with the golden Wellington award

Jimmy presents Eric with the Welly award

He was good friends with Hughie Green – the legendary presenter of Opportunity Knocks – and was well-known on the Greater Manchester club circuit, with close ties to comedian Bernard Manning and impressionist Mike Yarwood among others.

Eric continues to be one of the favourite performers of Sir Alex, to the point where he has become an annual fixture for the former Manchester United manager’s birthday celebrations each year.

He moved to Norden in Rochdale to retire a few years ago, having been based for most of his life in Failsworth.

Rochdale-based comedian Jimmy presented the June Golden Welly award to Eric for a lifetime in showbusiness during one of  jam night concerts which he arranges every other month at St Vincent’s RC Parish Centre in Norden.

Eric is also one of the organisers of an informal northern network of performers who get together periodically to socialise over lunch at the Royal Toby restaurant in Castleton, Rochdale.

The network, known as the Wooden Hut club, has over the past five years attracted the likes of Jimmy, Buzz Hawkins, Smug Roberts, Bernie Clifton, Arthur Bostrum, Freddy ‘Parrot face’ Davies, Johnny Casson, Andy Prior, Graham Grumbleweed and many more notable entertainers.

Jimmy said: “Eric is so deserving of a recognition of his talents and of the wonderful career in showbusiness he’s had over the years.

“I just wanted to acknowledge this in my own way. In fact, the award was only a small part of the evening and the main focus was an interview I conducted with Eric that lasted the entire second half of the concert!

“This chat was a tremendous trip down memory lane. Everyone present was just amazed at the stories Eric told and also wowed by the photos he brought along to prove what a remarkable life story he has and continues to have.”