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A thank-you from the past 150 150 mhamer

A thank-you from the past

Pictures from the past

Jimmy Cricket is getting a big thank-you from a charity – three decades later.

The recognition comes after Jimmy appeared in the Hippodrome Theatre’s Pantomime with famous Liverpool entertainer Cilla Black back in the mid-1980s.

He recently received the following email from Matt Adams: “We are holding another charity event in aid of the Young Venturers on December 10th at the Hall Green Conservative Club, Birmingham. These nights raises enough funds to enable us to take a group of disabled children to the Pantomime in Birmingham.

“My parents, who has been raising funds for this charity for over 40 years, write to the stars of the show and asks them if they would be kind enough to spend a few minutes after the show to meet the children.

“We plan to project photos taken from the last 40+ years on the 12ft screen at the club, and whilst going through a few of the photos, I found a few of Jimmy from way back. This photo along with countless others will be projected on the night with a ‘thank you’ message.

“As my Dad always says ‘time is the most important thing you can give to anyone’ and the time Jimmy spent with ‘our’ children certainly made their night.

“I would therefore be grateful if you could thank Jimmy on behalf of us for all the smiles he has made!”

Church doubles up as a social centre 150 150 mhamer

Church doubles up as a social centre

Jimmy with Sister Joy, Tony and Fr Peter from the Blessed Cardinal Newman parish in Latchford, Warrington

Jimmy with Sister Joy, Tony and Fr Peter from the Blessed Cardinal Newman parish in Latchford, Warrington

Jimmy Cricket’s fund-raising autumn tour of Roman Catholic parish centres included a church which doubles up as a social club.

In addition to all his other charity work, the Irish comedian raises money for the Francis House Children’s Hospice with Jim Nicholas – who brings his Cliff’s Disco outfit along as support – alongside Jimmy’s wife May Marion, who adds some vocal sparkles.

The tour featured the Blessed Cardinal Newman parish in Latchford, Warrington. The event took place in the main church, which is also the main social centre when partitions are brought in to close off the altar.

It was hugely successful and more than £2,000 was raised.

Jimmy’s DVD passes another milestone 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy’s DVD passes another milestone

Jimmy Cricket's DVD "Pull Your Seats Forward - outer-sleeve

Jimmy Cricket's DVD is called "Pull Your Seats Forward

Some news about sales of Jimmy Cricket’s first ever DVD, called “Pull Your Seats Forward”.

Recorded live at the Royal Court Theatre in Bacup, it has now sold more than 2,000 copies!

It is an hour and 10 minutes long and includes Jimmy’s favourite routines, a phone call and letter from his mammy, his famous “Leaving Home” poem, his sentimental ballad called “I’m Dreaming of a Far off Land” and 20 minutes of extras.

To find out how to buy the DVD, visit the Go Shopping section of this website.

Over £6,000 raised for Francis House 150 150 mhamer

Over £6,000 raised for Francis House

Jimmy and The Krankies

Jimmy and The Krankies

Jimmy Cricket helped to raise more than £6,000 for a Manchester-based charity at a two-night extravaganza.

The famous Irish comedian appeared in the fund-raising “Stars Come Out” show at the Oldham Coliseum on Monday and Tuesday (October 10 and 11), along with husband and wife comedy duo The Krankies and sixties Merseybeat band The Swinging Blue Jeans, of “You’re no Good” and the “Hippy Hippy Shake” fame. The show also featured the Dobcross Youth Band.

An extra night was added after the originally-planned one-day performance was sold out.

Jimmy’s good friend, Jim Nicholas, was the evening’s host and he also co-produced the show. Jim has a disco outfit called “Cliff’s Disco” and as a day job is the chief gardener at the Bishop of Salford’s residence, Wardley Hall.

On the Monday night the comedian Stu Francis came to watch as the Krankies were staying overnight with him in Bolton because they are good friends. He was enlisted to help with the raffle. On the Tuesday night Coronation Street fiesty newcomer Catherine Tyldesley (Eva Price) assisted with the raffle.

The money from the shows will go to Francis House Children’s Hospice, which is based at Didsbury in Manchester. The Hospice cares for children and young adults with life-threatening conditions and provides a home from home where families can receive professional care, support and friendship.

Jimmy Cricket said: “At the end of each show we were grateful for the director of Francis House – Rev David Ireland (who also happens to be the main reverend for the United Reform Church in central Oldham) to be on hand to personally thank each and every one of the audience for coming along and supporting the event on behalf of the charity.”

Cricket and bowling on a special afternoon 150 150 mhamer

Cricket and bowling on a special afternoon

Jimmy Cricket awards the top junior prize to Kieran McGarry, alongside club president Pete Metcalf and club secretary Steve Morris

Jimmy Cricket awards the top junior prize to Kieran McGarry, with club president Pete Metcalf and secretary Steve Morris

Local comedian Jimmy Cricket was the special guest at Kirkholt Bowling Club in Rochdale when he attended the season’s finale, which the club marks with an event called President’s Sunday.

Jimmy was asked to take part in a presentation to award prizes to the club’s junior bowlers.

Naturally he could not curb his input to just giving out awards and so he also gave the club members a giggle or two. This was just the tonic as some members were preparing to re-enter the fray for the main bowling competition of the afternoon.

“It was great to pop into Kirkholt Bowling Club and support them in this way. They have a great junior set-up at the club and I was impressed at how many young people take part in the junior activities,” said Jimmy.

“I was hopeless at bowling as a youngster as I kept sticking my fingers in the wrong holes – one time I got mixed up with my Uncle Paddy because he happened to be bald!”

Club president Pete Metcalf said: “It was fantastic that Jimmy could grant us some of his time and help with this end-of-season presentation. The members present were really thrilled to see him and they all thought the experience was wonderful.

“The junior section of our club is really important to us and I am really pleased that some of our juniors have now gone on to represent Rochdale and the region.

“The Kirkholt Bowling Club continues to be a family club, so if there are any juniors in the area interested in joining us for the 2012 season, our door is always open.”

Jimmy Cricket and Friends 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket and Friends

Join Jimmy and his wife May for another great night of comedy and music on Wednesday, October 5, at St Vincent’s RC Parish Centre, off Caldershaw Road in Norden.

Admission and refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits) are free, though it is appreciated if you make a contribution to a charity which is chosen on the night.

Full details under October in the Tour Dates section

Laughter a key part of feeling well 150 150 mhamer

Laughter a key part of feeling well

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the special "wellbeing" event in Widnes. Photo: Ian Park, Warrington Guardian

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the special "wellbeing" event in Widnes. Photo: Ian Park, Warrington Guardian

Jimmy Cricket made a special guest appearance recently at an event with a difference.

The Irish comedian was at Ditton Community Centre in Widnes, Cheshire, for a function attended by about 200 people and funded by Halton Borough Council.

The aim of the day was to provide training that helps everyday people to stay resilient and strong. Key to this is spotting the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety and simple things that everyone can do and include in their lives.

Organiser Paula Gamester says the five ways to wellbeing are “connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give”.

She adds: “Laughter and humour are an integral part.”