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Double celebration time for our favourite comedian! 150 150 mhamer

Double celebration time for our favourite comedian!

It was a double celebration weekend for evergreen funnyman Jimmy Cricket.

Saturday (16 October) marked the long-awaited return of the popular jam nights introduced by Jimmy and his wife May about 15 years ago.

And Sunday was the famous entertainer’s 76th birthday.

Double celebration weekend: Here back with our Jammers tonight, (now into our second decade), at #StVincentsParishCentre, (after a long 19 month break), Pauline’s raffle tonight will go to the wonderful Charity #marysmeals, my thanks also to singer #MikeHowarth, and Kate and Pat on teas & coffees! 🎭

Jimmy and May – a professional singer – have since 2006 hosted a regular night of entertainment in their adopted home town of Rochdale.

It provides a useful opportunity for Jimmy and other performers to try out new (and relive some old) routines.

They began it on a monthly basis and in the past few years have alternated hosting the jam nights with good friend and fellow entertainer Eric Devereaux.

It takes place in the lounge area of St Vincent’s RC parish centre in Norden.

They invite different guests who perform free of charge.

Jimmy Cricket's self-isolating message just before the start of the lockdown

There is a raffle and the selling of refreshments, with all proceeds donated to a chosen charity.

The popular comedian has nicknamed those who regularly support these evenings as ‘Jimmy’s Jammers’.

However, the event was inevitably put on hold early in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic – until Saturday.

Jimmy said: “Here back with our Jammers tonight, (now into our second decade), at #StVincentsParishCentre, (after a long 19-month break).

“Pauline’s raffle tonight will go to the wonderful Charity #marysmeals, my thanks also to singer #MikeHowarth, and Kate and Pat on teas & coffees! 🎭

Mary’s Meals supports feeding projects for children in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Jimmy’s comedian-turned-priest son, Fr Frankie Mulgrew, is a long-standing supporter of Mary’s Meals.

Jimmy also expressed his gratitude for all the congratulations on his birthday.

He commented: “Can I say a huge, “Thank You”, to everyone who took the time to wish me, “Happy Birthday”.

“It was so very much appreciated! xx”

Can I say a huge, “Thank You”, to everyone who took the time to wish me, “Happy Birthday”, it was so very much appreciated! xx

Also read:

Jam nights are about to return!

Message of hope: After the storm comes the rainbow

Rochdale jam night is ‘lovely charity evening’

Coronavirus pandemic: We can do this together!

Mary’s Meals: Charity marks memorable milestone

Happy 65th birthday to Mrs C! 150 150 mhamer

Happy 65th birthday to Mrs C!

Mrs C, aka May Mulgrew, has celebrated her 65th birthday!

Mrs Cricket – aka May Mulgrew – turned 65 on Saturday.

May is a singer in her own right and performs at many of Jimmy’s shows.

Her stage name is May Marion.

Jimmy tweeted: “A big shout out to my good lady May who is 65 today. As the song goes -“You’re the wind beneath my wings.”

He also posted: “A big thank you to everyone who has wished Mrs C. “Happy Birthday”, here is us celebrating last Wednesday before Lockdown!”  Bottle with popping cork  Clinking glasses

The latest national lockdown in England began on Thursday and is due to last until 2 December.

Also read: Jimmy’s friend Patti Gold celebrates 60th birthday

Featuring in podcast and being spoilt on my birthday! 150 150 mhamer

Featuring in podcast and being spoilt on my birthday!

The Conclusion of Season One is here with my “Eyes & Teeth” facing the Legendary @jimmy__cricket  Free to download, enjoy and review at your leisure I hope these bring you joy and fun into your ears https://buzzsprout.com/1358848

Jimmy Cricket featured with his friend and fellow entertainer Steve Hewlett in the final episode of the first season of the Eyes & Teeth podcast.
Steve, who is a ventriloquist and was a finalist in the seventh series of Britain’s Got Talent, produces the podcast.
He posted the past photos above and said: “The Conclusion of Season One is here with my “Eyes & Teeth” facing the Legendary @jimmy__cricket.”
Steve added: “My New Podcast Eyes and Teeth, free to download, enjoy and review at your leisure.
“I hope these bring you joy and fun into your ears buzzsprout.com/1358848.”

He had previously said he was proud to launch his own podcast in 2020.

“Every incredible guest has a story & shares much laughter & happiness! The first has me talking to myself,” he commented.

A big thank you to everyone @LoungeComedy as they celebrated my birthday with me tonight, my thanks to that great fellow comic @mikemcclean5 and to Paul and Bev who own this wonderful comedy venue, I was throughly spoilt with a fabulous cake and cards and presents!Performing arts#SaveTheArts

Jimmy recently celebrated his 75th birthday by appearing at The Comedy Lounge in Hull.

He said afterwards: “A big thank you to everyone @LoungeComedy as they celebrated my birthday with me tonight.

“My thanks to that great fellow comic @mikemcclean5 and to Paul and Bev who own this wonderful comedy venue.

“I was throughly spoilt with a fabulous cake and cards and presents! #SaveTheArts.”

The photos above were taken at the event.

Jimmy also received lots of happy birthday messages via social media.

“Can I say a big, ‘Thank You’, to all those who took the time today to send me, Birthday Greetings,” he added.

“Sending Love and Best Wishes from me and Mrs C. xx”

Can I say a big, “Thank You”, to all those who took the time today to send me, “Birthday Greetings”, sending Love and Best Wishes from me and Mrs C. xx

Also read: Mammy’s letters are handy reading for the garden!

‘Thanks for helping me to have a special birthday!’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Thanks for helping me to have a special birthday!’

Jimmy Cricket celebrated his 73rd birthday performing at Rivington Hall Barn in Lancashire.

The well-known Northern Irish funnyman did two shows on 16 and 17 October, which were part of the venue’s series of special lunchtime parties, with his old friend Keith Swift, a singer.

And he posted on social media later: “Have enjoyed working over the last two afternoons at the wonderful , my thanks to Kevin, Matthew, Trish, Jill, Ben and all the staff, who helped to make my Birthday very special, (alongside my Twitter friends), here also with my fellow act and friend Keith Swift.”

Rivington Hall, situated between Bolton and Chorley, has been home to the Salmon family since 1953.

The barn had been empty after World War II and, following refurbishment, it became a venue for all types of events and has continued to be since then.

Above: Jimmy plays the saxophone while fellow cast members and staff sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.

Below are some of the photographs Jimmy posted on social media from the shows.

Have enjoyed working over the last two afternoons at the wonderful @Rivington_Barn

‘Fabulous’ birthday at Yorkshire charity event 150 150 mhamer

‘Fabulous’ birthday at Yorkshire charity event

Jimmy Cricket's birthday cake

Jimmy Cricket celebrated his 72nd birthday with a charity show in South Yorkshire – and a special cake.

The famous funnyman tweeted on 17 October: “Had a fabulous Birthday evening at Holiday Inn Barnsley with the Rotary Club with Martin and Chrissie Colman for the Charity @

With 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland, the Samaritans provide an around-the-clock service for anybody in need.

The Rotary is a national voluntary organisation whose aim is to raise funds for worthy causes both at home and abroad.

Jimmy Cricket

Add your name to my birthday book! 150 150 mhamer

Add your name to my birthday book!

Jimmy Cricket's birthday card to Denise Glyn-Hughes

Jimmy Cricket is inviting fans to add their names to his burgeoning birthday book.

The well-known Northern Irish entertainer has a book that he brings with him to all his live shows.

Anybody who wants to be sent one  of Jimmy’s special cards should pop along to see him at a venue near them and add their name to his ever-growing birthday card list!

A very happy Denise Glyn-Hughes is one of those people in the book and she can be seen above waving the autograph and birthday card that Jimmy sent her marking her 18th birthday. The photo appeared on Denise’s Facebook page.

Latest Golden Wellie award winner is… 150 150 mhamer

Latest Golden Wellie award winner is…

Jimmy Cricket with Golden Wellie award winner Sarah the postwomanThe latest Golden Wellie award winner is Sarah the postwoman whose round include Jimmy Cricket’s cottage in Rochdale.

Ever since Sarah started to deliver to Jimmy’s house, the well-known comedian has been very impressed with her positive demeanour, cheerful personality and feel-good attitude.

He feels it certainly helps when she is out and about delivering to households and customers.

“She even makes bills more palatable!” joked Jimmy.

The Northern Irishman, who presented the award (above) outside his cottage, wanted to thank Sarah for being such a great advert for the postal service!