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Famous singer remembered 150 150 mhamer

Famous singer remembered

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the Mansfield Palace Theatre

Jimmy Cricket has starred in a charity show organised by a society set up in memory of a 1950s singing star.

The Irish entertainer appeared at the Palace Theatre in Mansfield in a matinee performance which also featured his good friend, magician Freddie Wilkinson.

Also on the show, staged by Jeff Kemp and Vernon Brand who are lead members of the David Whitfield Commemorative Society, was an excellent young singer called Rhiannon and the Johnny Pat Band featuring – as well as Johnny – Terry Bell, Garry Gillyatt and Dave Harvey.

David Whitfield magazine

The society has adopted the Marie Curie Cancer Care organisation as its charity for all fund-raising and a collection was taken at the show.

In the photos with Jimmy are Vernon, Jeff, Betty and Helen.

Hull-born David Whitfield began his singing career in the city’s working men’s clubs after being de-mobbed from the Royal Navy in 1950 and found fame after taking part in talent programme, Opportunity Knocks, on Radio Luxembourg.

He had a number of songs that topped the charts in the UK and US, including Answer Me, I Believe and Cara Mia.

Whitfield, whose label was Decca Records, was the first male singer to receive a gold disc for one million record sales and the first British artist to enter the US top 10 chart.

The singer died in 1980 at the age of 53, while touring in Australia.

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the Mansfield Palace Theatre

The 25-year-old photograph 150 150 mhamer

The 25-year-old photograph

Jimmy Cricket with Clare Boulton

Smile please for the camera!Jimmy Cricket with Clare Boulton

This is what Jimmy Cricket looked like 25 years ago!

The famous Irish comedian was given a reminder in a photograph sent to him recently.

He is pictured with a fan called Clare Boulton who emailed the photo to Jimmy, saying: “I found this one of us many years ago and I even got your signature!!!”

It was taken in the Springfield Hotel in Holywell, North Wales.

Joker Jimmy performs in joker’s club! 150 150 mhamer

Joker Jimmy performs in joker’s club!

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the Joker's Workingmen's Club in Selston

Jimmy Cricket performed last month in the aptly named Joker’s Workingmen’s Club in Selston, Nottinghamshire.

The Irish comedian appeared on 10 March in a pre-St Patrick’s Day celebration where he “had a wonderful time”.

Gerry Molumby, one of the organisers, is well-known within the Irish community and is hosting a celebratory event in tribute to film star Maureen O’Hara at the Irish Embassy in London in June.

  • Watch a slideshow of all the photos relating to this event – supplied by Gerry Molumby – at Jimmy’s flickr pages here.
  • Jimmy Cricket and friends at the Joker's Workingmen's Club in Selston
    Jimmy Cricket and friends at the Joker's Workingmen's Club in Selston
    Jimmy Cricket and friends at the Joker's Workingmen's Club in Selston

    Night out with Ricky Tomlinson 150 150 mhamer

    Night out with Ricky Tomlinson

    Happy days... From left: Con, Ricky, Lauren, Maria and Jimmy

    Happy days... From left: Con, Ricky, Lauren, Maria and Jimmy

    Jimmy Cricket appeared at The Greenroom in Liverpool city centre as part of a St Patrick’s Day extravaganza on eve of the big day itself (16 March).

    Ricky, Lauren and Jimmy

    Ricky, Lauren and Jimmy

    Also featured on this Irish-themed night of fun and frivolity was Con Cluskey from The Bachelors.

    The Greenroom club on Duke Street is partly owned by famous comedian and actor Ricky Tomlinson.

    Along with Jimmy, Ricky and Con on these pictures is Maria and her daughter Lauren – Maria and Jimmy share a good friend in John McArthy who was also at The Greenroom with his wife, Betty and daughter Erika.

    Maria’s husband, Phil, is a DJ who goes around raising money for the local Liverpool Flame group which John McArthy helps to organise. The Flame Group sends disabled people over to Lourdes for Easter week from the Merseyside region.

    Ricky, Maria and Jimmy

    Ricky, Maria and Jimmy


    Lauren and Jimmy

    Lauren and Jimmy


    Ricky with Lauren and Jimmy

    Ricky with Lauren and Jimmy

    Jimmy’s friend Patti Gold celebrates 60th birthday 150 150 mhamer

    Jimmy’s friend Patti Gold celebrates 60th birthday

    Jimmy, his wife May (right) and good friend Patti

    Jimmy, his wife May (right) and good friend Patti

    Jimmy Cricket recently attended the 60th birthday of a good friend of his, the former singer Patti Gold.

    The bash was hosted at Patti’s local golf club in Wakefield called Higher Lane Golf Club.

    Patti and Jimmy go back a long way and although Patti has now left the business, her husband is still heavily involved and is an excellent musical director called Stuart Gold, who used to be the main musical director at the legendary Batley Variety Club and has worked with some of the most famous singers and entertainers in the country.

    Patti actually featured in Jimmy’s first television series on ITV of “And There’s More” way back in the mid 1980s as one of the supporting cast members. Alongside Patti was impressionist Rory Bremmer. This was Rory’s first break on television before he launched himself on a bigger platform.

    Jimmy said: “I really enjoyed myself at Patti’s party and am thrilled I have been able to keep in touch with her for all these years.

    “Although Patti left the business a number of years ago to work in IT, interestingly enough she has recently taken a job working in a dance and drama school, so she is re-introducing herself slowly back into the world of arts and entertainment!”

    Treading the Comedy Carpet 150 150 mhamer

    Treading the Comedy Carpet

    The Crickets' grandson, Tristan, points out Jimmy's famous catchphrase "And there's more..."

    The Crickets' grandson, Tristan, points out Jimmy's famous catchphrase "And there's more..."

    The Comedy Carpet in Blackpool celebrates the work of more than 1,000 comedians and comedy writers – including our very own Jimmy Cricket.

    It features jokes, songs and catchphrases dating from the early days of variety to the current day.

    Situated in front of Blackpool Tower, the 2,200 square metres of art contains over 160,000 granite letters embedded into concrete. It was created by artist Gordon Young and commissioned by Blackpool Council as part of the multi-million pound regeneration of the sea front.

    Mrs Cricket took their grandson Tristan to visit the Comedy Carpet.

    “It’s a fantastic idea, a superb piece of public art. But most importantly it recognises the undeniable contribution that comedians have made to Blackpool over the years as they performed in the resort’s much-loved theatres,” says Jimmy.

    “My grandson was gently guided to where my name was located in the lengthy roll call of comedians that have been included within the Comedy Carpet.

    “Then – and this must have been quite a feat given that this carpet stretches out over quite a huge land mass – he and grandma managed to located my catchphrase – ‘And there’s more…’ which is one of the many sayings and jokes listed on this carpet.

    “I have been told by Mrs Cricket that this is quite a comedy hall of fame, as many comedians who have trodden the Blackpool boards have a joke or catchphrase presented on the carpet. I cannot wait to view the carpet myself!”