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Plaudits after Jimmy’s return to Blackpool’s Lyndene 150 150 mhamer

Plaudits after Jimmy’s return to Blackpool’s Lyndene

The plaudits flowed when Jimmy Cricket made his eagerly-awaited return to the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

The plaudits flowed following Jimmy Cricket’s eagerly awaited return to the Lyndene Hotel.

The popular entertainer was back at his favourite Blackpool hotel on the night England beat Denmark to reach the 2020 Euros final.
The Lyndene expressed its delight at Jimmy’s first performance there this year.
A social media post said: “A VERY special guest popped in last week, and the great news is, he’ll be back plenty of times this year!
“Take a look at what he has to say. 😉
The post was accompanied by video of Jimmy going up to the hotel reception to confirm his arrival.
The famous Northern Irish funnyman had clearly been looking forward to getting back to the Lyndene (see the image below).
Jimmy Cricket returned to the Lyndene Hotel on the night England beat Denmark to reach the Euros final against Italy
Like all other entertainment venues, shows had been postponed due to the national restrictions imposed because of coronavirus.
But Jimmy clearly made up for lost time, with plenty of positive feedback on social media marking his return.
Here is a selection of them:

Wendy Irving: Brilliant. Love Jimmy Cricket x

Lynne Dare: He was there when we were there he was fab 😃

Susan Hardaker: A very funny man saw him at the lyndene a couple years ago, he proves you don’t need to swear or be rude to get laughs

Jean Anderson: Fantastic just love Jimmy

Susan Lincoln: Love him he is so funny xx

Margaret Bell: Love him he so funny and both him and his wife are lovely people

Janet Watson: Great Act seen him a few times x

Vicky Inkersole: Saw Jimmy at lyndene didn’t think I would enjoy it but he was so funny great act xx

The Lyndene added: “Comedy is an acquired taste, but Jimmy has something for everyone! 🙂”

Pandemic apart, Jimmy has appeared regularly on the popular Lyndene’s two stages.

Jimmy did his last show there in September before another lockdown resulted in the closure of hospitality venues.

He is appearing once a month at the Lyndene until the end of the year, having enjoyed five successful seasons at the seaside venue.

Also read: ‘Wonderful news in these gloomy times!’

See all Jimmy’s booked shows (note the schedule is updated regularly)

England reach Euros final: After the football… the Cricket! 150 150 mhamer

England reach Euros final: After the football… the Cricket!

Jimmy Cricket returned to the Lyndene Hotel on the historic night England beat Denmark to reach the 2020 Euros final.

Gareth Southgate’s side ended the country’s 55-year wait to compete in another major men’s final with a 2-1 win at Wembley on Wednesday.

England had gone behind on the half-hour, conceding their first goal of the tournament to Mikkel Damsgaard’s superb free-kick.

However, England replied quickly as Denmark captain Simon Kjaer turned in Bukayo Saka’s dangerous, low cross six minutes before half-time.

And, in the first half of extra time, the hosts finally went ahead.

Raheem Sterling was controversially deemed to have been fouled by Joakim Maehle in the box.

VAR, the video technology, supported the referee’s award.

England captain Harry Kane saw his poor penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel, but the Tottenham striker coolly slotted home the kind rebound.

The Wembley showdown with Italy on Sunday night is England’s first appearance in a major football final since the Three Lions’ 1966 World Cup victory against West Germany.

It was a momentous Wednesday night for famous funnyman Jimmy to be performing on stage, particularly at the Lyndene – his favourite Blackpool hotel.

He tweeted: “So last night I went on stage at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool after the England and Denmark match and said: ‘Are you ready for this…

“‘Well folks, you’ve had the Football and now it’s time for the Cricket.'”

Jimmy had been eagerly awaiting his return to the Lyndene (see the image below).

Jimmy Cricket returned to the Lyndene Hotel on the night England beat Denmark to reach the Euros final against Italy

Pandemic apart, he has appeared regularly on the popular Lyndene’s two stages.

His performances at the Lyndene were limited during 2020 following the restrictions imposed because of coronavirus.

Five seasons

Jimmy did his last show there in September before another lockdown resulted in the closure of hospitality venues.

He is appearing once a month at the Lyndene until the end of the year.

The Northern Irish entertainer has enjoyed five successful seasons at the seaside venue.

Also read: ‘Wonderful news in these gloomy times!’

See all Jimmy’s booked shows (note the schedule is updated regularly)

Oxton show: ‘Lovely to be back doing the job I love’ 150 150 mhamer

Oxton show: ‘Lovely to be back doing the job I love’

While adhering to 30 people only gatherings, it was lovely to get back to the job I love this afternoon at the Oxton Con Club, my thanks to Jacqueline and Caroline and everyone who turned up and made it such a wonderful atmosphere! Performing arts#wirral

Jimmy Cricket welcomed the “wonderful atmosphere” in Oxton as he celebrated his eagerly awaited return to performing live on stage.

The popular Northern Irish entertainer did a show at Oxton Conservative Club in Birkenhead on the Wirral, Merseyside, last Sunday (27 June).

It was the first time this year he had faced a live audience in person.

He said: “While adhering to 30 people-only gatherings, it was lovely to get back to the job I love this afternoon at the Oxton Con Club.

“My thanks to Jacqueline and Caroline and everyone who turned up and made it such a wonderful atmosphere! #wirral”.

The coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of most stage performances for the majority of the past 15 months.

Jimmy is looking forward to returning to the Lyndene, his favourite Blackpool hotel, on Wednesday (7 July).

He has performed shows regularly on the busy Lyndene’s two stages over the past few years.

Five seasons

Coronavirus restrictions forced the postponement of many of his performances at the Lyndene during 2020.

Jimmy did his last show there in September before another lockdown resulted in the closure of hospitality venues.

He now appears once a month at the Lyndene until the end of the year.

The popular Northern Irishman has enjoyed five seasons in total at the seaside venue.

Also read: ‘Wonderful news in these gloomy times!’

See all Jimmy’s booked shows (note the schedule is updated regularly)

 

At last – Jimmy Cricket set to return to the stage! 150 150 mhamer

At last – Jimmy Cricket set to return to the stage!

Jimmy Cricket returns to the stage on Sunday 27 June 2021Jimmy Cricket is finally about to return to doing live shows.

Sunday (27 June) will see the famous funnyman’s first appearance on (a real) stage this year.

He is performing at Oxton Conservative Club in Birkenhead on the Wirral, Merseyside.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the suspension of most live shows in person for the majority of the past 15 months.

Jimmy is also looking forward to returning to the Lyndene, his favourite Blackpool hotel, on Wednesday 7 July.

He has appeared regularly on the popular Lyndene’s two stages over the past few years.

Five seasons

His performances at the Lyndene were limited during 2020 following the restrictions imposed because of coronavirus.

Jimmy did his last show there in September before another lockdown resulted in the closure of hospitality venues.

He will appear once a month at the Lyndene from July until the end of the year.

The popular Northern Irishman has enjoyed five seasons in total at the seaside venue.

Also read: ‘Wonderful news in these gloomy times!’

See all Jimmy’s booked shows (note the schedule is updated regularly)

Live stage shows back on Jimmy’s calendar! 150 150 mhamer

Live stage shows back on Jimmy’s calendar!

Jimmy Cricket's schedule of when he is appearing live on stageJimmy Cricket is just over a month away from returning to the stage!

Like so many other entertainers, the famous funnyman has had to be patient as the coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of all live shows in person.

But the popular Northern Ireland comedian has lined up several stage performances over the coming months.

As things stand, his first  appearance is at Oxton Conservative Club in Birkenhead on the Wirral, Merseyside, on Sunday 27 June.

Jimmy then makes his eagerly awaited return to the Lyndene, his favourite Blackpool hotel, on Wednesday 7 July.

The Lyndene and sister hotel St Chads had reportedly shut their doors for the final time.

However, new reports in February said the two hotels were ready to return to business.

Jimmy has appeared regularly on the popular Lyndene’s two stages over the past few years.

Five seasons

His performances at the Lyndene were limited during 2020 following the restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jimmy did his last show there in September before another lockdown again resulted in the closure of hospitality venues.

The Lyndene and St Chads stand next to each other on the seafront. Husband and wife team Paul and Claire Swift manage both.

Jimmy will be appearing once a month at the Lyndene from July until the end of the year.

He has had five seasons in total at the Lyndene.

The hotel starred as the Le Ponderosa in the second series of Peter Kay’s TV hit comedy Phoenix Nights.

Also read: ‘Wonderful news in these gloomy times!’

See all Jimmy’s booked shows (note the schedule is updated regularly)

The day I ended up in court facing a hefty fine… 150 150 mhamer

The day I ended up in court facing a hefty fine…

True story! Going back decades here is this months @leponline column, here I'm sharing my humble beginnings in the world of showbusiness, which doesn't get much funnier than this! 

Jimmy Cricket was once summoned to court for not doing something he didn’t even know he had to do!

In the 1970s, before he was famous, the Northern Irishman fell foul of the TV licensing authorities.

He revealed his story in his Lancashire Post column.

Jimmy posted on social media: “Hi folks! True story!

“Going back decades here is this month’s @leponline column.

“Here I’m sharing my humble beginnings in the world of showbusiness, which doesn’t get much funnier than this! #savevariety”

His column said: “I’m going back a bit now – 1973. I was in my mid-20s and trying to eke out a living as a comedian in the Northern clubs.

“My girlfriend and soon-to-be-my-wife May and her sister Margaret did a sing­ing act under the name, The Tweedie Sisters.

“We both landed a week’s booking at the Norbreck Ho­tel in Blackpool. However, it didn’t quite turn out that way.

“Oh, the girls had a great week finishing their act to tumultuous applause every evening.

“I, however, didn’t make it past the Sunday. To be honest I was a bit rough round the edges, and when I didn’t get too many laughs on the opening night, the hotel manager fired me.

Disbelieving glance

“So while the girls trav­elled back and forth to Black­pool every night, (Margaret’s boyfriend Graham had a car), I sat alone in the flat we all shared in Stockport trying to figure out a new act.

“It was on the Tuesday night that the doorbell rang. I’d barely opened the door when a guy pushed past me.

“I followed behind him in hot pursuit calling out, ‘Hi, what is this?’ until he stopped with a jolt in the middle of the living room and, pointing to the corner, shout­ed: ‘Have you got a licence for that television?’

“I explained that my fian­cee had ordered it from a lo­cal shop a few weeks before.

“Then I naively enquired: ‘Doesn’t the rental cover the cost of the licence?’ He threw me a disbelieving glance, wrote something in his book and marched straight out the door.

“A summons duly arrived a few weeks later for me to appear in court, where I paid a hefty fine, not for some­thing I did but for something I didn’t know I had to do.

“Don’t get me wrong folks. I’m a big fan of the BBC. What’s not to like about it?

“They do the best period cos­tume dramas. They give us uninterrupted coverage of top sporting events and the best movies, and their news coverage is the envy of the world.

“Just like the National Health Service it’s a quintessential British institution and I couldn’t imagine life without it.

“I just hope they have nicer people driving their detector vans these days than the guy I got in Stockport.”

Also read: The first time I met Bobby Ball

The Lancashire Post website

‘Wonderful news in these gloomy times!’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Wonderful news in these gloomy times!’

Jimmy Cricket will do a New Year's Eve show at the Lyndene Hotel in BlackpoolJimmy Cricket has welcomed the news that two Blackpool hotels which had closed are back in business.

Earlier this month, the famous funnyman had expressed his sadness that the Lyndene and sister hotel St Chads had shut their doors for the final time.

However, the Blackpool Gazette reports that the two hotels are ready to return to business, with their managers re-employed.

Jimmy has appeared regularly at the popular Lyndene over the past few years.

He said: “Wonderful news in these gloomy times for Blackpool and ⁦@LyndeneHotel and for all the staff at #TeamLyndene and St Chads Hotels!

“We were all hoping for a miracle! Great news!”

His performances at the Lyndene were limited during 2020 following the restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jimmy did his last show there in September before another lockdown again resulted in the closure of hospitality venues.

Owners the Fragrance Group announced the Lyndene and St Chad’s hotels will now be run by hotel management company RBH, which has taken over operations with immediate effect.

The hotels were shut suddenly with staff left unpaid on 3 February by operating firm Bespoke Hotels Group.

The Blackpool Gazette added that a number of staff made redundant will be offered employment soon.

It is hoped hotels will reopen this spring when lockdown restrictions are lifted.

The Lyndene and St Chads stand next to each other on the seafront.

Husband and wife team Paul and Claire Swift manage both.

Jimmy has had five seasons in total at the Lyndene, which starred as the Le Ponderosa in the second series of Peter Kay’s TV hit comedy Phoenix Nights.