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Oldham theatre stages Francis House show 150 150 mhamer

Oldham theatre stages Francis House show

Oldham Coliseum

Show at the Coliseum in Oldham in aid of Francis HouseThe 2017 version of the Stars come out for Francis House show was held on Halloween at the Coliseum Theatre in Oldham.

It was the seventh time the event has been organised to raise funds for the Francis House Children’s Hospice in south Manchester.

Famous Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy Cricket was joined by The Fourmost (below), an English Merseybeat band who recorded in the 1960s and whose biggest UK hit single was A Little Loving in 1964.

Singer Morgan Lee James also performed, while Jimmy’s good friend Jim Nicholas was again the host for the evening.

Jimmy tweeted afterwards: “Great night raising funds for with organiser Jim Nicholas & singer Morgan Lee James helped by David Ireland &

The Fourmost posted on Twitter: Hugely successful night with for Francis House. Well done to all.

Jimmy Cricket with The Fourmost band

Irish-themed show in Ribble Valley village 150 150 mhamer

Irish-themed show in Ribble Valley village

Jimmy Cricket with friends

Jimmy Cricket recently returned to the quaint Ribble Valley village of West Bradford near Clitheroe for another fund-raising event.

The Northern Irish entertainer was last at the Lancashire village’s community hall in 2015 and organiser Michael Fox had hoped to snap up his services again after what was a successful first event.

Jimmy Cricket

As Jimmy had been down to appear in neighbouring towns and villages of the Ribble Valley, Michael has had to wait a couple of years.

Jimmy’s return coincided with this year’s St Patrick’s Day festivities as the show ended up being scheduled for the Friday after 17 March.

It gave Michael and his organising team good cause to make the event into an Irish-themed one, with tricolour flags out in force. Michael even turned up in a green tie (top picture)!

For this second successful appearance, Jimmy was joined by his wife, female vocalist May Marion, and Jim Nicholas of Cliff’s Disco – who dressed up as Elvis Presley for the evening (below).

Jim Nicholas of Cliff’s Disco dressed up as Elvis Presley

60s pop group among acts at fundraiser 150 150 mhamer

60s pop group among acts at fundraiser

Jimmy Cricket performing at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre in aid of Francis House Children's HospiceA show at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre in which Jimmy Cricket appeared raised almost £6,000 for the Francis House Children’s Hospice in south Manchester.

The gala concert in early April also featured the 60s legends The Ivy League and other excellent performances were from female vocalist Julie A Scott, the double act Harris and Day, and the Greater Manchester Police choir.

It was organised by Jimmy and his close friend Jim Nicholas, who was also the host.

A lot of credit must go to the sponsors of the event who were: Barclays Bank, Swan Inn in Dobcross, Chesters coaches, The Old Bell Inn in Delph, Salford Discount Carpets and Beds, Phoenix Financial Services Ltd, and PJD heating, plumbing and gas fitters.

Press the arrow button below to view a slideshow of the concert. Ricky Sandtime Matthews took the majority of the photographs.

Who won the Wellie award for March? 150 150 mhamer

Who won the Wellie award for March?

Jimmy Cricket with Jim Nicholas and Eileen

A lady who has given a considerable amount of money to charity was the winner of Jimmy Cricket’s Golden Wellington award for March.

Last year, Eileen Gleave generously donated a large sum to the Francis House Children’s Hospice, located in south Manchester.

The award was presented to Eileen at a fundraising event at the Greater Manchester Police Sports & Social Club, which is based at Hough End in Chorlton.

* The photo is of Eileen and Jimmy with DJ Jim Nicholas – both Jims were part of the evening’s programme of entertainment.

‘Special medal is fitting recognition’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Special medal is fitting recognition’

A good friend of well-known entertainer Jimmy Cricket has been honoured for distinguished service to the Roman Catholic Church and its community.

Jim Nicholas, a DJ and comedian, was featured in the Manchester Evening News for all his fundraising exploits for the Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester.

Jim Nicholas was featured in the Manchester Evening News for all his fund-raising work for the Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester

Jim Nicholas was featured in the Manchester Evening News for all his fundraising work for the Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester

He has been awarded the Papal Medal, which is also known as the Benemerenti.

The medal was presented to him by the Rt Rev Terence Brain, the Bishop of Salford.

Jimmy was at the ceremony and is quoted in the article, right, saying: “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this magnificent award than Jim.

“He has worked tirelessly for Francis House over the years, raising a phenomenal amount of money for this cause.

“It’s been a real pleasure to have known him and to have shared the platform with him at various charity concerts.

“This special medal is fitting recognition for his marvellous contribution to the parishes and communities where he’s lived and helped support.”

* Read about the latest fundraising event for Francis House Children’s Hospice involving Jimmy and Jim.