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Viva la Espana! 150 150 mhamer

Viva la Espana!

Jimmy with Mike and Val Sheehy

Jimmy with Mike and Val Sheehy

Famous Irish comic Jimmy Cricket appeared at a civic hall in the town of Moraira near Alicante in South East Spain.

The visit was arranged by Mike and Val Sheehy who are local entrepreneurs in the town and also promote visiting entertainers.

They used to run the Le Cabaret venue in the town, but are now concentrating all their efforts around establishing a local ‘sold gold’ 60s radio station for the local ex-pat community. This allows them to also present shows at this local civic hall – and Jimmy was one of the visiting guests.

He stayed in a lovely apartment owned by Mike and Val and enjoyed the two nights he appeared at the theatre in Moraira. Although Jimmy was the headline performer, the show also featured his wife, May Marion, and Mike himself doing a bit of crooning – he is a good performer in his own right.

Jimmy hopes to go back to the town some time in 2012.

Warm welcome at the inn 150 150 mhamer

Warm welcome at the inn

Jimmy with Phil, owner of the Old Bell Inn in Delph, Saddleworth

Jimmy with Phil Whiteman, owner of the Old Bell Inn in Delph, Saddleworth

Jimmy Cricket visited the the Old Bell Inn in Delph, Saddleworth, after an invitation from the Director of the Francis House Children’s Hospice, David Ireland.

The occasion was a “thank-you” meal for the comedian’s efforts in a recent fundraiser for the Hospice, organised at the Coliseum Theatre in Oldham in October.

The show also featured the Krankies and the Swinging Blue Jeans. The total raised from the show was in the region of £6,000 for the charity.

One of the sponsors of the show was the Old Bell Inn which generously supplied a number of bedrooms for the visiting band members of the Swinging Blue Jeans as part of their sponsorship.

Jimmy spoke to the Swinging Blue Jeans after their stay at the inn and they said they were very impressed with the hospitality provided.

Phil and some friends attended the second performance of the show at the Oldham Coliseum and afterwards he mentioned that he had thoroughly enjoyed himself. He is a great supporter of Francis House and recently hosted a wine-tasting evening at the Old Bell Inn to also raise money for the charity.

Jimmy said he enjoyed his meal at the Old Bell Inn and readily recommends the restaurant to anyone passing through the Saddleworth area.

Posing with Lottie the elephant! 150 150 mhamer

Posing with Lottie the elephant!

Jimmy Cricket and Lottie, Hospiscare's Lottery elephant

Jimmy Cricket poses with Lottie, Hospiscare's Lottery elephant

Jimmy Cricket recently lent his support to Hospiscare, a hospice charity in the West Country.

The famous Irish comedian posed with “Lottie”, the hospice’s Lottery elephant, at the Royal Beacon Hotel in Exmouth.

After the visit, Lottery Administrator Trisha Cox emailed Jimmy saying: “What an absolute pleasure it was to meet you and Mrs Cricket.

“Again, thank-you so very much – it really was very much appreciated.”

Hospicare’s teams of specialist nurses visit patients in their own homes, in hospitals and give 24-hour support in the ward at its hospice in Exeter.

In addition, Hospiscare has three Day Care centres, one each in Exeter, in Mid and in East Devon.

Their services are free of charge to everyone who needs them throughout our area.

They work with people with a wide range of life-threatening conditions, including cancer, Motor Neurone Disease and heart disease.
They recognise they cannot change a life-threatening diagnosis, but Hospiscare can help to change how their patients feel about it.

Hospicare says: “We know our patients’ time is precious. We use our expertise to allow families to spend time free from symptoms and worries. Hospiscare understands that patients want choice and dignity. We know that sometimes, the best thing we can do is listen.

“We look after the needs and wishes of the whole family and provide a wide range of services, therapies and people who can help.

“Our aim is to help people find peace of mind by taking away fear of the unknown, helping patients feel human and families feel normal.”