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Golden Wellie award: Latest winner is revealed! 150 150 mhamer

Golden Wellie award: Latest winner is revealed!

Great night at September’s Jam night at St Vincent’s, and we presented the Golden Wellie to Nathan Birks, for all his Charitable work!

Jimmy Cricket announced the latest winner of the Golden Wellie award at a regular charity event in Rochdale.

Nathan Birks (pictured above with Jimmy) received the prestigious accolade in recognition of all his charity work.

The presentation took place at one of Jimmy’s popular ‘jam’ nights in Rochdale.

Local, national and on occasions even international entertainers perform for nothing at the monthly event.

It takes place at St Vincent’s RC Parish Centre in Norden.

Famous comedian Jimmy and his great showbiz friend Eric Devereaux host the event alternately.

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

At every event,  there is a raffle and refreshments, with all proceeds going to a chosen charity.

Jimmy said on social media: “Great night at September’s Jam night at St Vincent’s.

“We presented the Golden Wellie to Nathan Birks, for all his Charitable work! 🎭

Jimmy created the Golden Wellington, based on his trademark wellington boots, several years ago.

It is known for short as Golden Wellie.

Jimmy uses it to acknowledge a good deed or significant contribution to a community.

Read what happened on the ‘jam’ night in June.

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Golden Wellie award is given to band Level Three 150 150 mhamer

Golden Wellie award is given to band Level Three

Highlights from Jimmy Cricket's latest jam night in Norden, Rochdale

A band called Level Three are the latest recipients of Jimmy Cricket’s much-coveted Golden Wellie award.

The group formally received the accolade at one of Jimmy’s popular jam nights in Rochdale, which are hosted alternately by the famous comedian and his great showbiz friend Eric Devereaux.

Local, national and even on occasions international entertainers perform for nothing at the monthly event which takes place at St Vincent’s RC Parish Centre in Norden.

Among the entertainers at the jam evening for the latest event on 3 April were Level Three, featuring Eddie, Mike and Dave, who performed on the night and helped to raise money for charity in the process.

The Golden Wellington (known for short as Golden Wellie) is an award 72-year-old Jimmy  created several years ago based on his trademark wellington boots.

Although it is a bit of fun, it has a serious side as Jimmy uses the publicity from the award to acknowledge a good deed or significant contribution to a community.

Tinsel & turkey with great friends Eric & Gloria 150 150 mhamer

Tinsel & turkey with great friends Eric & Gloria

Jimmy Cricket with old friends Eric and Gloria

Famous comedian Jimmy Cricket and his wife May enjoyed an evening with some old friends at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool recently.

They had a Christmas-themed dinner in the hotel restaurant with Eric Devereaux – himself an entertainer – and his wife Gloria.

Jimmy, 72, has been doing another season of performances at the Lyndene, which welcomes tourists and visitors all year round .

After the illuminations season ends each year, it goes straight into its Christmas season with tinsel and turkey stays.

Then, post-Christmas and at the start of each New Year, the Lyndene offers attractive packages to keep the hotel ticking over until after Easter, when the early summer season arrives.

Jimmy tweeted: “November is Turkey and Tinsel time, had a lovely meal here in the restaurant with my great friends Eric and Gloria! ?

 

Entertainers get together for lunch 150 150 mhamer

Entertainers get together for lunch

Jimmy Cricket with entertainer Eric Devereaux, swing singer Andy Prior and comedian Austin Knight

Jimmy with fellow comedian Austin Knight and singers Eric Devereaux and Andy Prior

The latest luncheon arranged for Jimmy Cricket and some of his friends from the showbusiness fraternity in northern England took place earlier this summer.

The Wooden Hut club is the periodic and informal get-together arranged for the fellow entertainers.

It takes place at the Royal Toby restaurant in Castleton, Rochdale, which is ideally located because of the easy access to and from the M62 motorway, and is jointly organised by two of Jimmy’s good friends – BBC Radio producer Steve Garner and Rochdale-based performer Eric Devereaux.

This latest edition of the club was at the beginning of June and was also attended, among others, by comedian Smug Roberts, Buzz Hawkins from the Bradshaws – the radio and television comedy – actor John Hensall and impersonator Johnny Moore.

Fergie favourite is latest Wellie winner 150 150 mhamer

Fergie favourite is latest Wellie winner

One of Sir Alex Ferguson’s favourite entertainers has won Jimmy Cricket’s latest Golden Wellington award.

Eric Devereaux has had a stellar career as a compere and male vocalist, his notable stints during the cabaret heyday of the 60s and 70s including being a host at iconic venues such as Cadishead Conservative club  in Salford.

Jimmy Cricket presents Eric Devereaux with the golden Wellington award

Jimmy presents Eric with the Welly award

He was good friends with Hughie Green – the legendary presenter of Opportunity Knocks – and was well-known on the Greater Manchester club circuit, with close ties to comedian Bernard Manning and impressionist Mike Yarwood among others.

Eric continues to be one of the favourite performers of Sir Alex, to the point where he has become an annual fixture for the former Manchester United manager’s birthday celebrations each year.

He moved to Norden in Rochdale to retire a few years ago, having been based for most of his life in Failsworth.

Rochdale-based comedian Jimmy presented the June Golden Welly award to Eric for a lifetime in showbusiness during one of  jam night concerts which he arranges every other month at St Vincent’s RC Parish Centre in Norden.

Eric is also one of the organisers of an informal northern network of performers who get together periodically to socialise over lunch at the Royal Toby restaurant in Castleton, Rochdale.

The network, known as the Wooden Hut club, has over the past five years attracted the likes of Jimmy, Buzz Hawkins, Smug Roberts, Bernie Clifton, Arthur Bostrum, Freddy ‘Parrot face’ Davies, Johnny Casson, Andy Prior, Graham Grumbleweed and many more notable entertainers.

Jimmy said: “Eric is so deserving of a recognition of his talents and of the wonderful career in showbusiness he’s had over the years.

“I just wanted to acknowledge this in my own way. In fact, the award was only a small part of the evening and the main focus was an interview I conducted with Eric that lasted the entire second half of the concert!

“This chat was a tremendous trip down memory lane. Everyone present was just amazed at the stories Eric told and also wowed by the photos he brought along to prove what a remarkable life story he has and continues to have.”

Joined on stage by a local councillor 150 150 mhamer

Joined on stage by a local councillor

Comedian Jimmy Cricket with sisters Katie and Rebecca who attended his show at St Joseph's Parish Centre in Heywood

Jimmy Cricket with sisters Katie and Rebecca who attended his show at St Joseph's Parish Centre in Heywood

Rochdale comedian Jimmy Cricket was joined on stage by a local councillor at a recent charity show.

The Irish funnyman was performing at St Joseph’s Centre in Heywood to help raise money for the Roman Catholic parish.

Counc Peter Rush, who represents the Heywood North ward and ran the town’s Albany Hotel on Rochdale Road East for a long time, went on stage to join Jimmy and his wife May and their good friend Eric Devereaux, a well-known singer on the North West entertainment scene.

Jimmy also had his picture taken alongside sisters Katie and Rebecca who were in the audience.

Their mum Nicola told Jimmy: “We had an amazing time on Friday night at St Joseph’s. We hope that you will come again very soon to do another show. Take care and keep entertaining.”

Meet the Wooden Hut Club 150 150 mhamer

Meet the Wooden Hut Club

Members of the Wooden Hut Club

Members of the Wooden Hut Club

November saw the latest gathering of the informal showbiz fraternity group that Jimmy Cricket attends, which is lovingly called the “Wooden Hut Club”.

Conveniently for Jimmy, the location where this get-together takes place is in Rochdale. It was felt Rochdale was well placed on the M62 between Manchester/Cheshire and Yorkshire for his showbiz pals to get to. After the first ‘do’ was successfully held at the Royal Toby Hotel restaurant on Manchester Road in Castleton, the club have met there ever since.

This gathering has been meeting on and off for last four years and, as you can see from the photo, there was a large number who attended the last lunch showing it is well supported. This is probably because it is a rare chance for showbiz professionals to come together and catch up with the industry news – and of course reminisce about old times.

Some of the individuals in the photo with Jimmy are: Buzz Hawkins from ‘The Bradshaws’, ‘The Comedians’ producer Johnnie Hamp, impressionist Johnny More, BBC radio producer Steve Garner, comedy script writer Phil Collinge, the wife of former BBC radio comedy producer Mike Craig, Treflyn Jones from Target television and entertainer Eric Devereaux.