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Jimmy Cricket remembers comedy pals Sir Ken Dodd & Jim Bowen 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket remembers comedy pals Sir Ken Dodd & Jim Bowen

Rochdale Council's photo of Sir Ken Dodd and Jimmy Cricket

Jimmy Cricket has been remembering comedy friends Jim Bowen and Sir Ken Dodd, who died within a few days of each other.

Liverpool legend Sir Ken, creator of the Diddy Men, passed away last weekend aged 90, having recently been released from hospital after six weeks of treatment for a chest infection.

And broadcaster and comedian Jim, best known for hosting darts-based game show Bullseye in the 1980s and ’90s, died on Wednesday at the age of 80.

Belfast-born and Rochdale-based Jimmy posted a video on Twitter in which he pays a special tribute to Sir Ken (below).

And Rochdale Council also tweeted the photo at the top of this article, saying: “Farewell to a legend – here’s comedy star Sir Ken Dodd with his good friend and Rochdale resident during a town hall dinner to celebrate Jimmy receiving a Papal knighthood in 2015. RIP and thanks for the laughs.”

Jimmy Cricket talking about Sir Ken Dodd

The Universe, the weekly Catholic newspaper, featured a photograph of Sir Ken on its front page (below), saying: “Catholic comedian leads tribute to legendary funnyman.”

And the Rochdale Observer also reported on Jimmy paying tribute to Sir Ken. The story recalled the tale of the stolen concrete wellies – read more about that here.

Read more about Sir Ken.

Jimmy Cricket talks about Sir Ken Dodd in the Catholic newspaper, The Universe

Former deputy headmaster Jim, who lived in North Lancashire, began his career as a stand-up comedian on the club circuit in the 1960s. He became a household name when he began presenting Bullseye in 1981. The Sunday tea time show ran for 14 years.

Jimmy tweeted: “So sad to hear of the passing of another legendary comic and game show host, my friend Jim Bowen, another ⭐️ star in heaven!”

Click here to watch Jimmy’s appearance on Bullseye.

What are my six best books? 150 150 mhamer

What are my six best books?

Jimmy Cricket's favourite songs appeared in the Daily ExpressJimmy Cricket has revealed his favourite books.

The famous Irish comedian gave his selection in the “My Six Best Books” feature in the Daily Express national newspaper.

They include A Journey by Tony Blair and Richard Llewellyn’s How Green Was My Valley.

Also among the picks is Does God LOL? written by Jimmy’s son Frankie Mulgrew and which will be published in July.

Frankie was a comedian but is now training to be a priest and is due to be ordained this summer.




Memorial concert to Frank Carson 150 150 mhamer

Memorial concert to Frank Carson

Jimmy Cricket is to feature in a memorial concert to the late, great Northern Ireland comedy legend Frank Carson.

Frank sadly passed away at the start of 2012 and the fitting tribute will be held at the Grand Opera House in Belfast on Thursday 28 February, just over a year after his death. Frank Carson

The hosts for the charity gala will be James Nesbitt, Patrick Kielty, Lenny Henry and Gloria Hunniford.

Entertainer Jimmy, who was also born in Northern Ireland, will pay his own personal tribute alongside a cast which includes Roy Walker, Dana, Dennis Taylor, Barry McGuigan, Kiki Dee, Pat Jennings and Dame Mary Peters to name just a few of the celebrated personalities who will take part in this gala evening.

Frank Carson’s family had always planned to hold a concert to commemorate Frank’s life and have asked producer Ian Dougan to put this event together.

Proceeds from the show will benefit two of Frank’s favourite charities – the Integrated Education Fund and CLIC Sargent’s Northern Ireland Homes from Home Appeal.

Jimmy says: “I am honoured to have been asked to participate in this show. I expect the event to be a tremendous celebration of Frank’s life, remembering his outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment.”

Topping the bill at a memorial concert 150 150 mhamer

Topping the bill at a memorial concert

Jimmy and Kelvin (who is pictured far left) singers Big D and Micky Diamond and host Ryan Dollard

Jimmy and Kelvin (who is pictured far left) with singers Big D and Mickey Diamond and host Ryan Dollard

Jimmy Cricket, who has been spending two days a week during the summer performing in Eastbourne, was at the other end of the country at the weekend.

The Rochdale-based entertainer topped the bill in the third annual LW Rock 4 Macmillan concert at The Shepherds Inn & Auctioneer in Carlisle.

All proceeds raised at the event, held in memory of Lance Wood who died in 2009 from liver cancer, were donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Lance’s son, Kelvin J Wood, organises the show and also appeared as he is the lead singer of an indie rock band from Carlisle called The Mass.

Gretna Social Club hosted the first two annual events but its popularity has grown so much that Kelvin was forced to switch to a larger venue.

Other acts appearing alongside Jimmy and Kelvin’s band included singers Big D and Mickey Diamond.

The  evening was hosted by local ITV reporter Ryan Dollard.

Jimmy said: “The show raised hundreds of pounds and everyone had a fabulous time!”

Jimmy starred in the third annual LW Rock 4 Macmillan concert at The Shepherds Inn & Auctioneer in Carlisle

Jimmy starred in the annual LW Rock 4 Macmillan concert at The Shepherds Inn & Auctioneer in Carlisle