Return to special Shropshire venue after 11 years
Jimmy Cricket is returning to a special community venue in Shropshire for the first time since 2012.
The Northern Irish comedian is eagerly awaiting his latest visit to the Festival Drayton Centre on Saturday (16 September).
It is part of his 50 Golden Years in showbusiness tour.
The Festival Drayton Centre hosts dance classes, martial arts, adult educational courses, a licensed coffee shop and a state-of-the-art cinema and theatre.
It is owned and run by the local community.
Established in 1984, the centre underwent a major refurbishment in 2004.
It won the Best Regional Winner of the West Midlands Market Towns Award two years later.
Jimmy posted on social media: “It’s been 11 years, but I’m looking forward to my revisit this coming weekend, performing my last ‘50 Golden Years’ show of 2023 at the @festivaldrayton.
“If you live local, why not join in on the fun?!”
The centre’s website said: “Jimmy Cricket is one of the UK’s most-loved Irish comedians, having made four Series for Central Television in the mid 1980s and his own BBC Radio 2 Series in the 1990s, alongside numerous television appearances and Royal Variety Shows over the decades!”
The website also features a TV interview Jimmy did with the late comedian Bob Monkhouse (see below).
Jimmy told the website: “It’s great to be making a return visit, as it has warm memories for me doing my one-nighters there.”
His wife and singer May Marion is also performing on the night.