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West Lancashire event is another extravaganza! 150 150 mhamer

West Lancashire event is another extravaganza!

Jimmy Cricket and friends at his Hesketh Bank show in West Lancashire

Well-known entertainer Jimmy with some audience members at the church hall show

A great night was had by all those who came to see Jimmy Cricket recently at the All Saints Church Hall in Hesketh Bank, West Lancashire. 

The event was organised by Jimmy’s friend, Tom Shorrock, who hails from neighbouring Walmer Bridge. Tom is a milkman during the day and lives outside the village on a farm.

Jimmy Cricket performing in Hesketh Bank, West Lancashire

He has arranged many events over the years at the Walmer Bridge Village Hall and not just with Jimmy, but with other comedians such as Dusty Young and Norman Prince, plus bands like as The Swing Commanders and the Jive Aces.

When Tom asked Jimmy whether he would consider coming to a new venue he had found in nearby Hesketh Bank, the famous Northern Irish entertainer could not refuse.

Appearing alongside 71-year-old Jimmy was his wife, the female vocalist May Marion.

Jimmy, pictured left performing on the night, said: “When I arrived at the All Saints Church Hall I was pleasantly surprised to find a stage and a set of curtains, and Tom had even brought some friends along to install a PA system for the show!”

With a good crowd in attendance for the evening’s performance, it turned out to be another of Tom’s extravaganzas!

The audience at Jimmy Cricket's Hesketh Bank show in West Lancashire

Lancashire milkman who became a show organiser 150 150 mhamer

Lancashire milkman who became a show organiser

Jimmy Cricket's Lancashire Evening Post columnJimmy Cricket talks  in his latest newspaper column about a forthcoming show in Lancashire – and the local milkman who organised it.

The famous entertainer appears at the All Saints Church Hall in Hesketh Bank on Saturday 8 April in a Tom Shorrock production.

Jimmy, 71, explains in the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post that Tom Shorrock is a milkman in the Walmer Bridge area of Lancashire who about 10 years ago arranged for the comedian to appear at the local village hall.

He says: “That first show was a rip-roaring sellout. Flushed with success, Tom booked some more shows with really good acts.

“Not big names off the telly, but good, solid bread-and-butter bands acts like 40s swing bands the Jive Aces and The Swing Commanders… Tom’s shows were the talk of the community.

“Alas, dear readers, nothing lasts for ever. For various reasons, the shows discontinued and those halcyon days became a distant memory.

“Wait, there’s more; you can’t keep a good man down. A few months ago, the Jive Aces rang Tom up to enquire whether they could appear in another show at Walmer Bridge.”

The village hall was booked up, but they used the All Saints Church Hall instead and it proved such a popular venue that Tom contacted Jimmy to see if he would also appear there.

Tom Shorrock’s number for tickets for the 8 April event, for which all profits will go to Breast Cancer UK, is 01772 613460.

Baby sitting, Jive Aces & meeting ‘Big Bird’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 150 150 mhamer

Baby sitting, Jive Aces & meeting ‘Big Bird’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Tea on the Green in Exeter with the Jive Aces 150 150 mhamer

Tea on the Green in Exeter with the Jive Aces

Jimmy Cricket with the Jive Aces

Comedian Jimmy Cricket bumped into the Jive Aces on his travels in the West Country.

Well-known entertainer Jimmy had appeared in Torquay and was staying overnight at the Holiday Inn Express in Exeter when he saw his friends the Jive Aces, who had also stopped off at the same overnight lodgings.

The Jive Aces are a high energy, jive and swing band, formed in 1989. They were the winners of BBC TV’s Opportunity Knocks and also Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists in 2012.

They played at the wedding reception of Jimmy’s youngest daughter last year and he was thrilled to meet up with them again in Exeter.

Jimmy Cricket and his wife May with the Jive Aces

Jimmy, pictured above with the band and his wife May, said: “We headed into the city for brunch and stopped off outside Cathedral Green at a lovely spot called Tea on the Green. Not only was the food great there, but the owner Ben was very hospitable and warm.

“Over brunch, I learned that the Jive Aces had made it over to the United States earlier this year, where they spent a couple of months touring around the state of Florida.

“I wonder who I will bump into next on my tour of shows around the UK!”

Jimmy Cricket with the Jive Aces