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New Twitter profile photo is ‘Laurel and Hardy combined’! 150 150 mhamer

New Twitter profile photo is ‘Laurel and Hardy combined’!

Jimmy Cricket's new Twitter profile photo

Jimmy Cricket has changed his Twitter profile picture with a drawn portrait of him.

A friend, whose account is Steve Ace Luff on Facebook, sent what he describes as “pop art” to the famous comedian.

Jimmy expressed his gratitude for the drawing.

He said: “Wow Steve it is very life like! Thank you for this, it is very much appreciated! Stay safe my friend!”

Steve told Jimmy:  “We’ve met a few times Jimmy. You remember it too, Blackpool storm, and you were on stage on the pier.

“Waves were crashing, freezing cold and you were on stage in a nappy performing a comedy sketch
“You were a true professional carried on until the end even though some rain.Jimmy Cricket's new Twitter profile photo

“I loved that show it was special due to you carrying on against literally everything being thrown at the theatre.

“Years later, we met again in Worthing and I reminded you in the break – you re-told the experience to the audience.”
The illustration has been well received on social media.
Gerry Molumby commented: “So you Jimmy with a tinge of Laurel and Hardy combined!”
Another poster said it “looked great”, while one called Jimmy a “national treasure”.

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are arguably the most famous of all double comedy acts.

They performed during the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema.

The pair became well known during the late 1920s to the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy.

Laurel played the clumsy friend of the pompous Hardy.

Also read: Paying tribute to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Blackpool big night out

 

 

Mammy’s letters are handy reading for the garden! 150 150 mhamer

Mammy’s letters are handy reading for the garden!

Steve Hewlett @ventriloquist29 @jimmy__cricket I might read these this weekend in the garden Red heart 👍🏻 Glowing star

Popular ventriloquist Steve Hewlett has the perfect answer to what to read during the coronavirus lockdown – two Jimmy Cricket books!

Steve, who was a finalist in the seventh series of Britain’s Got Talent, posted a photo of the books on Twitter.

He tagged Jimmy in it and said: “I might read these this weekend in the garden.”

The books are the first and second editions of Come ‘ere There’s More! Letters from Me Mammy.

Jimmy is particularly well-known for the letters he reads on stage from his Mammy back in Northern Ireland.

They helped him to become a household name back in the 1980s.

Top-class performers

Steve has also performed at the Royal Albert Hall and guested as a ventriloquist on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

He has headlined summer seasons and comedy clubs as well as devising, producing & appearing in countless variety shows.

Over the years, he has worked with many top-class performers, including the Osmonds, the Stylistics, the late Sir Ken Dodd, the late Roy Hudd, Ricky Tomlinson, Tom O’Connor, Bobby Davro and many more.

And Jimmy himself of course!

They both performed in a fund-raising show in September 2018 in memory of the late Keith Harris.

The event, called Eyes & Teeth, took place at the Viva Blackpool in the west Lancashire seaside resort.

All the money raised went towards The Keith Harris & Orville Statue Fund as part of a campaign to erect a memorial in the town for the late ventriloquist.

Keith was best known for his television show The Keith Harris Show (from 1982 to 1990) and for his appearances with his puppets Orville the Duck and Cuddles the Monkey.

Watch: Happy St Patrick’s Day message from Jimmy 150 150 mhamer

Watch: Happy St Patrick’s Day message from Jimmy

Watch Jimmy wish everybody a Happy St Patrick's Day

Watch Jimmy Cricket wishing all his friends and fans a happy St Patrick’s Day.

The Belfast-born comedian appears on a video on his own website to send out the message.

He also tells some jokes and plays a tune on his recorder in the clip.

Jimmy, 74, said: “Hi folks, why not have a little look at the front page of my Website where I have recorded a Happy St Patrick’s Day message in a video message.

“Wishing everyone, ‘A Happy St Patrick’s Day Celebrations’ from Jimmy.”

St Patrick, who was a Christian missionary and bishop in the fifth century, is the primary patron saint of Ireland.

Watch Jimmy on the video here

Proud Irishman Jimmy is headlining at the popular Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool tonight (Tuesday 17 March).

Fifth season at the Lyndene
It is one of 23 visits the ever-green entertainer is making to the hotel in 2020.
Ryan Ireland, the Irish Rover, will also be performing on the day at the Lyndene.
Jimmy will do be doing shows twice a month at the Lyndene between now and the end of the year.
This is his FIFTH season at the distinctive-looking hotel.
Two or three acts usually perform twice per night, once each in different lounges.

The hotel, perched on the seafront, is one of Blackpool’s unique venues as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

Jimmy Cricket will do a New Year's Eve show at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

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

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.

Also read: The 2020 season begins back at the Lyndene Hotel

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 years

St Patrick’s Day date at popular Blackpool hotel 150 150 mhamer

St Patrick’s Day date at popular Blackpool hotel

Jimmy Cricket is headlining at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool on St Patrick's DayProud Irishman Jimmy Cricket is headlining at the popular Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool on St Patrick’s Day.

The ever-green Northern Irish entertainer appears there on Tuesday 17 March – one of 23 visits he is making to the hotel in 2020.
Ryan Ireland, the Irish Rover, will also be performing on St Patrick’s Day at the Lyndene.
St Patrick, who was a Christian missionary and bishop in the fifth century, is the primary patron saint of Ireland.
Jimmy will do be doing shows twice a month at the Lyndene between now and the end of the year.
This is 74-year-old Jimmy’s FIFTH season at the distinctive-looking hotel.
Two or three acts usually perform twice per night, once each in different lounges.

The hotel, perched on the seafront, is one of Blackpool’s unique venues as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

Its website says that it offers more than 141 fully equipped and tastefully decorated en suite bedrooms.

“The Lyndene Hotel offers superb compered entertainment EVERY NIGHT of the year,” it adds.

Jimmy Cricket will do a New Year's Eve show at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

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

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.

Also read: The 2020 season begins back at the Lyndene Hotel

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 years

Golden memories: Norman Barrett MBE 150 150 mhamer

Golden memories: Norman Barrett MBE

Norman Barrett, now 85, has worked with all the world's great circuses

Norman Barrett has worked with all the world’s great circuses, including in Blackpool

Jimmy Cricket has known and worked with many great fellow entertainers across nearly five decades in showbusiness.

In a special series of monthly articles starting today, Jimmy takes a trip down Memory Lane to recall some of the special people with whom he has shared the stage.

We begin with Norman Barrett MBE, the veteran British circus ringmaster.

Norman has made many appearances on television, including with Charlie Cairoli – the Italian-English clown, impressionist and musician – in the children’s television series Right Charlie.

Amazing career

He is well known for his act with performing budgerigars.

Norman, now 85, has worked with all the world’s great circuses and spent 25 years at Blackpool Tower Circus during an amazing career.

He was also the ringmaster of the Belle Vue Christmas Circus in Manchester in the 70s and 80s.

He appeared as the subject of This Is Your Life in 1990.

Norman was awarded an MBE in the 2010 New Year Honour’s list.

See Norman in action here.

Here, Jimmy remembers Norman in his own special way:

“I remember seeing Norman on television in the sixties. He was the ringmaster at the famous Tower Circus in Blackpool and he used to pop up at Christmas time.

“As well as introducing specialty acts from all over the world, he played straight man to the famous clown Charlie Cairoli. He got many a custard pie thrown in his face.

“However, Norman did a wonderfully unique act himself.

“He used to train budgies to run up ladders and push tiny bicycles.

“Norman learned to give instructions in different languages, so he used to take his act all over the world. He was particularly popular in Germany.

“Anyone that ever saw Norman’s act never looked at  a budgie in the same way again.

Slapstick kitchen routine

“I did four-week panto run with him at the Southport Theatre a few years back where he played Baron Hardup to my Buttons.

“We did a slapstick kitchen routine in which we were always putting in new stuff.

“So much so that my son Frank who was also in the panto used to say: ‘You guys really live on the edge!’

“What really used to tickle me was when I would visit Norman at his home in Blackpool…

“… You could see all the lights on in the bedroom upstairs so you knew Norman was putting his budgies through their paces to help them get used to the Circus spotlights.

“Thanks for the golden memories Norman.”

If you have any special memories of Norman or would like Jimmy to feature somebody in our special memories  series, you can do this in several ways:

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.

Back to Blackpool – then it’s the comedy play 150 150 mhamer

Back to Blackpool – then it’s the comedy play

Jimmy Cricket will do a New Year's Eve show at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool
Jimmy Cricket’s second appearance of 2020 at his favourite Blackpool hotel this week will be his last there until early March.
The popular Northern Irish entertainer next performs at the Lyndene Hotel on the sea front on Wednesday (15 January).
In total, he will make 23 visits to the Lyndene this year.
None of them are in February, so his next appearance in Blackpool after Wednesday is 4 March.
From then onwards, he will do shows twice a month until the end of the year.
This is 74-year-old Jimmy’s FIFTH season at the hotel.
Happy New Year”, from Team @LyndeneHotel
Two or three acts usually perform twice per night, once each in different lounges at the Lyndene.

See all of this year’s dates below and visit the hotel’s website here.

Jimmy’s immediate focus after Wednesday is his comedy play which goes back on the road later this month.

The most recent staging of No More Fiffing and Faffing was in Port Sunlight in October.

The production had a highly successful debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre.

As a result, Jimmy has taken on a tour around the north of England.

The venues so far also include The Met in Bury and the Chorley Little Theatre in Lancashire.

Veteran comedian Jimmy wrote the play and also stars in it. Also performing are Jonathan Young (The Bachelors) and actor Colin Meredith, who has appeared in Coronation Street.

Read more about the next destination for the play in the Cricket Times on Thursday.

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 years

The 2020 season begins back at the Lyndene Hotel 150 150 mhamer

The 2020 season begins back at the Lyndene Hotel

Jimmy Cricket’s first show of the new year is at the same venue where he rounded off 2019… the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool.
The ever-green Northern Irish entertainer appears there again on Wednesday (8 January) – the first of 23 visits in 2020.
Popular comedian Jimmy, 74, had last performed at the Lyndene – where he has now been appearing for several years – on New Year’s Eve.
May it bring you all good health and happiness from me and Mrs C. x
Happy New Year”, from Team @LyndeneHotel
Two or three acts usually perform twice per night, once each in different lounges at the Lyndene.
Jimmy’s other appearance at the Lyndene in January (he does two shows most months) is on Wednesday the 15th.
Every night of the year

The Lyndene Hotel, perched on the seafront, is one of Blackpool’s unique venues as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

Jimmy Cricket will do a New Year's Eve show at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

Its website says that it offers more than 141 fully equipped and tastefully decorated en suite bedrooms.

“The Lyndene Hotel offers superb compered entertainment EVERY NIGHT of the year,” it adds.

Jimmy is embarking on his FIFTH season at the Lyndene Hotel.

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

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 years