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Grand Theatre in Blackpool hosts charity concert for The Not Forgotten Association 150 150 mhamer

Grand Theatre in Blackpool hosts charity concert for The Not Forgotten Association

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the fundraising concert at Blackpool’s iconic Grand Theatre

Jimmy Cricket recently participated in a major fundraising concert at Blackpool’s iconic Grand Theatre, which was organised by the owners of the hotel where he is currently in residence.

Jimmy Cricket

The gala event was in aid of The Not Forgotten Association, a cause that helps injured serving or ex-Armed Forces personnel.

It was staged by the owners of the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool, where famous comedian Jimmy is doing his 2016 spring season, appearing there every Wednesday and Saturday until the end of May.

Blackpool’s iconic Grand TheatreAlso featured in the Grand Theatre extravaganza were his fellow comics Johnny Casson and Carl Schofield, alongside a host of excellent performers from the world of song and dance.

Jimmy said: “A big mention must also go to Tower Top Entertainments who helped produce the show and organise the line-up for it.”

For more information about The Not Forgotten Association, please visit the website at http://www.nfassociation.org/what-we-do/

Top and bottom: Jimmy is pictured with friends at the show and, above right, is seen in action at the theatre, which is above left.

The photographs for this article have been provided by Mark Shuttleworth who went along to see the show.

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the fundraising concert at Blackpool’s iconic Grand Theatre

Blackpool stays are happy days for Jimmy Cricket 150 150 mhamer

Blackpool stays are happy days for Jimmy Cricket

Jimmy Cricket performing at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

Jimmy Cricket is a month into his mammoth 32-date spring season at the popular Lyndene Hotel in the famous Lancashire seaside resort of Blackpool.

The season kicked off for the well-known entertainer on Wednesday 13 January and he will appear at the hotel a couple of times a week in the main up until the end of May.

Jimmy Cricket with Frankie Whitte at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

So with four months still to go, Jimmy said: “My enthusiasm for the place is unquenched and I am enjoying every minute of it!

“This is partly down to the variety of guests who are staying at the hotel and also because of all my friends and supporters who are popping along to see me.”

Pictured right with Jimmy is Blackpool-based Frankie Whitte who visited the Lyndene to see him; they go way back as they were both Butlins Redcoats back in the early 1970s.

On one occasion at the end of January, Jimmy bumped into a contingent staying at the hotel from an organisation called the Union of Catholic Mothers, with whom he is familiar having appeared at some of their functions over the years.

Jimmy, 70, added: “I am delighted to be in residency at the Lyndene Hotel and thank the owners – Barry and his wife, Carole –  for fixing this up for me.”

Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

There’s more… Jimmy Cricket’s festive message 150 150 mhamer

There’s more… Jimmy Cricket’s festive message

Jimmy CricketDear Cricket Times readers,

Well, I cannot believe we have come to the end of another year!

When I look back over the last 12 months, I can safely say 2015 has been a special year for me. This is because not only did I turn 70 years old, but I was deeply humbled to receive the award of a papal knight from the Roman Catholic Church.

Over the course of the last year I have bumped into many of you at some of the wonderful shows I have appeared in, around a host of different locations and venues.

I should give special mention to the recent tour I have just finished with the Osmonds as part of the Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular. This was an amazing tour which visited venues that were incredibly well attended – many even sold out – and everywhere the show went the reception was warm and lively.

So thank you for coming along and seeing one of these shows, or keeping in touch through my website, Facebook pages or Twitter feed.

As we fast approach the New Year, I am pleased to say I have plenty to look forward to over the next 12 months, such as:

  • A 32-date spring season at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool
  • Participating in a seven-date tour of a great comedy show called You Must Be Joking around Northern Ireland in February
  • Embarking on a couple of trips to the Benidorm region of Spain to appear at some fantastic venues
  • Visiting the Warner holiday resorts and heritage hotel locations on the Isle of Wight and in Harrogate
  • The first significant moment is scheduled for Saturday 16 January when the Bishop of Salford will formally preside over a ceremony to present me with my papal honour.

So if I did not catch you during the last year, maybe I might get a chance to bump into you in 2016?

All that remains for me to do is to wish you and your family a very happy, peaceful and joyful Christmas season and a wonderful start to the New Year!

Jimmy Cricket (23 December 2015)