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Lichfield’s Garrick Theatre & the gospel choir 150 150 mhamer

Lichfield’s Garrick Theatre & the gospel choir

Lichfield Gospel Choir

Jimmy Cricket is back at the Garrick Theatre in Lichfield on Sunday when he will be on stage along with 80 other performers.

The well-known comedian, 70, will feature in a concert alongside the Lichfield Gospel Choir (pictured above), to raise funds for local charities Lichfield Foodbank and St Giles Hospice.

The choir, led by musical director Themba Mvula, will sing a diverse repertoire of traditional, modern, American and African gospel music.

It is a welcome return to the Garrick Theatre for Jimmy, who headlined three Christmas seasons there after it opened back in 2003, as well as appearing with his stand-up comedy show.

The show is a collaboration between principal organiser Malcolm Flanagan, the Wade Street Church and the Garrick Theatre. All tickets are £10 and include a free programme.

The majority of seats have been sold for the show, but you can still grab your ticket for what will be an excellent evening of song and comedy, all in aid of great local Lichfield charities. For more information, visit

Motorbike made out of balloons 150 150 mhamer

Motorbike made out of balloons

Jimmy with Fred and Connie alongside an amazing motorbike made especially for this celebration out of modelling balloons!

Jimmy Cricket with Fred and Connie Van Buren – and that amazing motorbike made of modelling balloons

A motorbike made out of modelling balloons was one of the highlights when comedian Jimmy Cricket helped to celebrate the 80th birthday of one of his friends.

Jimmy Cricket with Connie, Fred's wife

Jimmy Cricket with Connie, Fred’s wife

Magician Fred Van Buren’s party was held in the village of Silverdale in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

Fred is now retired but his son, Andy, who has inherited the family penchant for magic, is following in his dad’s footsteps and is one of a few performers still skilled in the art of plate spinning.

Andy has been described as “one of the biggest names in British illusionists for many a decade”.

A multi-talented & skilled performer, he is one of the most experienced performers within the speciality act, shows & entertainment showbusiness today. He a gold star performing member of the Inner Magic Circle and a member of the prestigious showbusiness organisation, the Grand Order of Water Rats.

Fred and Connie get ready to cut the birthday cake

Fred cuts the cake

Jimmy has worked with Andy on many occasions – including in a pantomime at the Garrick Theatre in Lichfield – and the friendship has even involved Fred and Andy storing some of Jimmy’s props in their crammed warehouse which is full of tricks and props – including Jimmy’s gigantic Mexican hats!

This is because Jimmy tried to recreate for a stage show one of the sketches from his TV series called And There’s More on YouTube. This sketch involved large Mexican hats, but Jimmy did not have room for them, so  the Van Burens stepped in to help out and house them for him.

Jimmy says a big thank-you to magician Geoff Rushworth and Andrew Sherratt for supplying these superb photographs of a truly tremendous occasion!

Bike made out of balloons