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Wall of fame features Jimmy & others 150 150 mhamer

Wall of fame features Jimmy & others

Wall of fame includes Ken Dodd and Jimmy CricketA wall of fame photograph put on Facebook includes legendary entertainers such as Ken Dodd, Victoria Wood, Jimmy Cricket and George Formby.

The star-studded montage (right) of famous faces and celebrity autographs has been assembled over the years by Amy Phillips.

Jimmy said : “Amy is clearly a keen collector of autographs and the ones she has accumulated are proudly presented in a mounted display on the wall of one of her rooms.”

Alongside Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy on the wall of fame is actor, Peter Sallis who played Norman Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine, English comedian, actress, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and director Victoria Wood, British comedian, actor and television presenter Joe Pasquale and George FormbyOBE, who was a British actor, singer-songwriter and comedian.

George Formby was a major star of stage and screen in the 1930s and ’40s and his songs such as When I’m Cleaning Windows were particularly popular during the Second World War (1939–45).

Jimmy added: “Amy posted this picture on her Facebook page and I  am thrilled to keep such celebrated company on her wall!”

Warm welcome in Liverpool 150 150 mhamer

Warm welcome in Liverpool

Jimmy Cricket and friends at St Michael’s Irish Centre in LiverpoolA recent visit by famous comedian Jimmy Cricket to Liverpool was captured by a photograph on Facebook.

The picture above, posted by Janet Blundell, is of her with Clare, Maureen and Jimmy at St Michael’s Irish Centre on Merseyside.

The Northern Irish entertainer visited the venue on 26 July to help raise money for the centre.

He said: “I always enjoy my trips to Liverpool and revel in the Liverpudlian sense of humour.

“This was no different as I received a very warm reception at the Irish Centre.”

May’s day 150 150 mhamer

May’s day

May and Jimmy with their good friend Bill Lees from Liverpool

May Mulgrew, the wife of well-known entertainer Jimmy Cricket, celebrated a big personal achievement recently when she was awarded a masters degree in theology at Liverpool Hope University.

Jimmy Cricket and wife May in Sefton Park, Liverpool

The award came two years after May – a professional singer who also supports Jimmy in his work – had gained a bachelor’s degree at the same university.

As she had enjoyed studying at the Merseyside university so much, she then decided to do a part-time Masters there as well.

The graduation ceremony took place at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool and Jimmy said afterwards: “Obviously this was a great occasion for May and I am really proud of her fine achievement.”

Above, May and Jimmy are pictured with their friend Bill Lees from Liverpool.

Jimmy added: “Bill helped to transport May and I around the city to the various places associated with the graduation, which was a great help to us both.”

Right, Jimmy and May – still dressed in her special university cap and gown went for a walk in the colourful Sefton Park following the ceremony and the weather was fittingly glorious.

Jimmy Cricket’s stolen wellies hit the headlines 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket’s stolen wellies hit the headlines

The Rochdale Observer reported the theft of the wellies given by Ken Dodd to Jimmy CricketThe theft of concrete wellington boots given to Rochdale-based Jimmy Cricket by fellow comedian Ken Dodd has certainly attracted the attention of the media.

The wellies were given by Ken Dodd to Jimmy Cricket

Ken gave the sculpture (right) as a 50th birthday present to 67-year-old Jimmy who said he was “gutted” about the theft from his garden on Monday night.

As well as featuring catchphrases like “come closer!” and “…and there’s more!” in his act, Northern Irishman Jimmy is also famous for wearing wellingtons marked with the letters R and L, but on the wrong feet, on stage.

The story of the theft of the wellies, which were given by Ken Dodd to Jimmy Cricket, featured on the front page of the Rochdale ObserverHe said the concrete wellies were of “high sentimental value”.

Greater Manchester Police said they were investigating the incident.

The BBC, ITV, the Rochdale Observer (see images with this story) and several radio stations were among the many media organisations to report on the crime.

Working to stop cruelty to animals 150 150 mhamer

Working to stop cruelty to animals

60s tribute band called the Beat Legends A 60s tribute band called the Beat Legends (above) and BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Frankie Connor were also on the bill when Jimmy Cricket appeared in a charity show on Merseyside.

Sue Lees

The event took place at the Huyton Suite in Knowsley and was organised by Jimmy’s good friends Bill and Sue Lees from Liverpool.

It was in aid of a very worthy cause close to Bill and Sue’s heart called Animal Defenders International (ADI).

ADI is the leading animal protection organisation working to stop cruelty to animals worldwide. It is a major international campaigning group, with offices in London and Los Angeles.

Sue Lees (right) is herself a very talented singer and also appeared on the show.

Top entertainer Jimmy said: “A good night was had by all and significant proceeds will be sent to the charity.”

Jimmy Cricket with one of the event's supporters

Comedian Jimmy with one of the charity event’s supporters

Celebrities tell their favourite jokes 150 150 mhamer

Celebrities tell their favourite jokes

Jimmy Cricket on Sky1's John Bishop's Only JokingJimmy Cricket was joined by a host of fellow comedians as he appeared in a new TV comedy series. 

The Irish entertainer featured in the second episode of Sky1′s John Bishop’s Only Joking which is broadcast every Friday.

Jason Manford, Mick Miller, Jason Byrne, Tiffany Stevenson and Tom O’Connor, plus television presenter Davina McCall and former boxing world champion Ricky Hatton also appeared on the show telling their favourite jokes.Jimmy Cricket on Sky1's John Bishop's Only Joking

There has been some good feedback from Jimmy’s appearance, both on his Twitter feed and on his Facebook page.

He also appears in episodes three, four, five, six, seven and nine of the series which is fronted by Liverpool funnyman John Bishop.

Watch a trailer to the show at http://sky1.sky.com/john-bishops-only-joking/john-bishops-only-joking-trailer and find out more information at http://sky1.sky.com/sky1hd-shows/john-bishops-only-joking

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Young singing star from Liverpool 150 150 mhamer

Young singing star from Liverpool

A young singing sensation from Liverpool wowed an appreciative audience at the latest Golden Wellie Club night in Norden, Rochdale.

Jimmy Cricket with Kyle from Liverpool
Jimmy with Kyle after the show

Kyle Corrin is only still 12, but showed he has a big future ahead of him in the entertainment world with a stunning performance.

A guitarist as well a singer, Kyle had first impressed Jimmy when he performed at the Strand Shopping Centre in his hometown of Bootle last September.

Jimmy, who was visiting the centre to help with a charity event, said: “Ever since then, I have wanted to encourage Kyle further as I think he has bags of talent.

“Not just because he can sing and perform, but also as he is a good guitar player as well.”

Jimmy invited Kyle to come to one of his monthly JAM nights, where the floor is open to performers who want to try out their acts to gain some confidence.

Kyle came along with his dad and aunt to the January show at St Vincent’s Parish Centre where he sang a couple of songs.

Jimmy said: “He went down really well with the regulars who attend the club and was warmly received.

“I hope Kyle can now get some more live performances under his belt so that he can develop his performance skills further, as I think this young person can go far!”

Kyle, who is planning to audition for this year’s Britain’s Got Talent on ITV, said: “I taught myself to play both the guitar and the piano.”

Photo courtesy of photographer John Kay