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‘The good old days’… ‘love this’… ‘complete legends’ 150 150 mhamer

‘The good old days’… ‘love this’… ‘complete legends’

A photograph featuring several comedy legends, including Jimmy Cricket, attracted plenty of interest on social media.

The picture, taken on the Central Pier at Blackpool, also includes The Krankies, Frank Carson, Paul Daniels and double act (Tommy) Cannon and (Bobby) Ball.

Hundreds of people liked the Facebook post, which got a lot of comments.

It was posted by Marky Ashworth and could be seen on The Official Cannon & Ball Facebook Group page.

Here are a selection of the many comments made about this gathering of famous entertainers.

“Great summer line up.”

“Back in the days of real comics.”

“The good old days!”

“When you could go on holiday around the country and see three or four shows in a week at seaside piers/theatres.”

“Bet that was a good night out!”
“What a great photo.”
“Love this!”
“My childhood growing up.”
“A gaggle of legends.”
“What a great group.”
“Complete Legends.”
“Wow all LEGENDS.”
“That’s a great picture, very funny and talented people.”
Autobiography
Don’t forget that Jimmy Cricket’s autobiography is on sale.
Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian is priced at £11.99 as a paperback.

It is also available as an ebook priced £9.99 (unless you have subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, in which case it is free).

Amazon Kindle allows users to read ebooks purchased on Amazon.

Jimmy has said he is happy to sign copies of the book at his live shows, where they are available for a discounted price of £10.

The autobiography tells the heart-warming story of his 50 golden years in showbusiness – told in his own words.

Recognisable for wearing a funny hat and green wellies marked L and R on the wrong feet, Jimmy has been making people laugh as a professional comedian for half a century.

And he proudly keeps his comedy clean – increasingly rare these days –  making him the perfect family entertainer.

The book is available from online retailer Amazon here.

Mary’s Meals

His best-known catchphrases include ‘And there’s more!’ and ‘Come closer!’

He is also famed for reading out Letters from his Mammy, which have provided the material for two published books.

One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.

The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.

Also read: Mary’s Meals: 20 years serving global communities

From bingo caller to 50 Golden Years in showbiz!

Unforgettable childhood moment – for the wrong reason 150 150 mhamer

Unforgettable childhood moment – for the wrong reason

Jimmy Cricket is a regular columnist in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket relives a part of his childhood that he would probably rather forget in his latest newspaper column.

The famous funnyman tells Lancashire Evening Post readers about the time his two aunties, Elizabeth and Cassie, came over from the United States to visit.

All the family were excited with the arrivals of the aunts and even more so as they had brought presents with them.

The young Jimmy got a baseball and ball.

And he quickly ran out of the door and into the front garden to practise.

Jimmy missed with his first few swings but connected too well with the fourth, sending the ball hurtling through a front window!

“I can still hear and see the glass smashing, followed by a deathly hush,” says Jimmy in his column.

“It was a well-chastened nine-year-old that went to bed early that night.”

This is just one of the countless tales regaled by Jimmy in his autobiography.

Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian officially went on sale in April priced £11.99 as a paperback.

It is also available as an ebook priced £9.99 (unless you have subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, in which case it is free).

Amazon Kindle allows users to read ebooks purchased on Amazon.

Clean comedy

Jimmy has said he is happy to sign copies of his book at his live shows, where they are available for a discounted price of £10.

The autobiography tells the heart-warming story of 50 golden years in showbusiness – told in his own words.

Recognisable for wearing a funny hat and green wellies marked L and R on the wrong feet, Jimmy has been making people laugh as a professional comedian for half a century.

And he proudly keeps his comedy clean – increasingly rare these days –  making him the perfect family entertainer.

The book is available from online retailer Amazon here.

Mary’s Meals

His best-known catchphrases include ‘And there’s more!’ and ‘Come closer!’

He is also famed for reading out Letters from his Mammy, which have provided the material for two published books.

One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.

The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.

Also read: Mary’s Meals: 20 years serving global communities

From bingo caller to 50 Golden Years in showbiz!

Big carnival supporter goes dressed as Jimmy Cricket! 150 150 mhamer

Big carnival supporter goes dressed as Jimmy Cricket!

Hi folks what a lovely funny story which was posted on 23rd June 2023, thank you to 'The St Ives Times & Echo' for covering the article regarding Philip (Thomas) who has been supporting his local Hayle carnival for the last 40 yrs dressed as a tribute act, me! 😆#keepvarietyalive

A man has received a special certificate for decades of support for a local carnival – dressed as Jimmy Cricket!

Philip Thomas got the award for his 40 years of contributions to Hayle Carnival at the 2023 event in June.

Hayle is a port town in west Cornwall, about five miles from St Ives.

The St Ives Times & Echo News reported on the carnival award (below).

Famous funnyman Jimmy posted on social media: “Hi folks, what a lovely funny story posted on 23rd June 2023.

“Thank you to The St Ives Times & Echo for covering the article regarding Philip (Thomas) who has been supporting his local Hayle carnival for the last 40 yrs dressed as a tribute act, me!”

Hi folks what a lovely funny story which was posted on 23rd June 2023, thank you to 'The St Ives Times & Echo' for covering the article regarding Philip (Thomas) who has been supporting his local Hayle carnival for the last 40 yrs dressed as a tribute act, me! 😆#keepvarietyalive

Philip is seen receiving the certificate from Hayle Deputy Mayor, Councillor June Lawrenson-Reid.

Buy Jimmy’s autobiography!

Don’t forget that Jimmy’s official autobiography is currently on sale!

Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian tells the heart-warming story of Jimmy’s illustrious life and 50-year career – told in his own words.

The paperback costs £11.99 and is available at online retailer Amazon here.

One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.

The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities.

You can find all Jimmy’s tour dates here.

Blackpool: Always somewhere to go and a show to see 150 150 mhamer

Blackpool: Always somewhere to go and a show to see

Back tonight folks, at the popular @LyndeneHotel Blackpool, what a great Lancashire resort where there is always somewhere to go and a show to see if we have inclement summer weather! #lotsofvariety

Blackpool always offers plenty of variety whatever the weather, says famous funnyman Jimmy Cricket.

The Northern Irish comedian performed at the Lyndene Hotel in the busy seaside resort on Wednesday (2 August) for the second time this summer.

He said on social media: “Back tonight folks, at the popular @LyndeneHotel, Blackpool.

“What a great Lancashire resort, where there is always somewhere to go and a show to see if we have inclement summer weather! #lotsofvariety.”

Jimmy is now in his EIGHTH season performing at the Lyndene.

He will also be there on 6 September, 4 October, 1 November and 6 December.

Rochdale-based Jimmy has dubbed the Lyndene as his “second home” as he has made so many appearances at the hotel over several years.

Entertainers do two separate shows – one in each of the two Lyndene lounges – every night.

Trivia: The hotel appeared as Le Ponderosa in the second series of Peter Kay’s TV hit comedy Phoenix Nights.

See all Jimmy’s booked shows here.

Buy Jimmy’s autobiography!

Don’t forget that Jimmy’s official autobiography is on sale!

Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian tells the heart-warming story of Jimmy’s illustrious life and 50-year career – told in his own words.

The paperback costs £11.99 and is available at online retailer Amazon here.

One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.

The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.

Also read: Autobiography: Buy The Jimmy Cricket Story now!

View photos from Jimmy’s first Lyndene Hotel shows of 2023

Another appearance beckons at the Lyndene 150 150 mhamer

Another appearance beckons at the Lyndene

A second appearance of the summer season at the Lyndene Hotel awaits Jimmy Cricket this week.

The famous Northern Irish comedian will do two more shows at the popular Blackpool venue on Wednesday (2 August).

Jimmy is now in his EIGHTH season performing at the Lyndene.

He will be returning this year on 6 September, 4 October, 1 November and 6 December.

Rochdale-based Jimmy has dubbed the Lyndene as his “second home” as he has made so many appearances at the hotel over several years.

Entertainers do two separate shows – one in each of the two Lyndene lounges – every night.

Trivia: The hotel appeared as Le Ponderosa in the second series of Peter Kay’s TV hit comedy Phoenix Nights.

See all Jimmy’s booked shows here.

Buy Jimmy’s autobiography!

Don’t forget that Jimmy’s official autobiography is on sale!

Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian tells the heart-warming story of Jimmy’s illustrious life and 50-year career – told in his own words.

The paperback costs £11.99 and is available at online retailer Amazon here.

One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.

The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.

Also read: Autobiography: Buy The Jimmy Cricket Story now!

View photos from Jimmy’s first Lyndene Hotel shows of 2023

See photos from Jimmy’s first Lyndene Hotel shows of 2023 150 150 mhamer

See photos from Jimmy’s first Lyndene Hotel shows of 2023

Back at one of my favourite holiday resorts of all time, Blackpool, and here at the popular #LyndeneHotel for my 8th year run! 🎭 #keepvarietyalive

Jimmy Cricket posted the photos above on social media to mark his eagerly awaited return to the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool.

The famous Northern Irish comedian began his EIGHTH season at the popular seaside venue on Wednesday 5 July.

He will also be returning this year on 2 August, 6 September, 4 October, 1 November and 6 December.

Rochdale-based Jimmy has dubbed the Lyndene as his “second home” as he has done so many shows at the hotel over several years.

He posted a message on social media alongside the photos of his latest performances there.

It read: “Hi folks! Back at one of my favourite holiday resorts of all time, Blackpool.

“And here at the popular #LyndeneHotel for my 8th year run! 🎭 #keepvarietyalive.”

Entertainers do two separate shows – one in each of the two Lyndene lounges – on the night.

Trivia: The Lyndene appeared as Le Ponderosa in the second series of Peter Kay’s TV hit comedy Phoenix Nights.

See all Jimmy’s booked shows here.

Jimmy’s autobiography!

Don’t forget that Jimmy’s official autobiography is now on sale.

Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian tells the heart-warming story of Jimmy’s illustrious life and 50-year career – told in his own words.

The paperback costs £11.99 and is available at online retailer Amazon here.

One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.

The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.

Also read: Autobiography: Buy The Jimmy Cricket Story now!

Search for a Star success signalled start of something special 150 150 mhamer

Search for a Star success signalled start of something special

Next @leponline article chatting about the past and the wonderful television showcase 'Search For A Star' which featured newly discovered talent from the cabaret and club scene (where they came to see you perform live for the audition) #keepvarietyalive

Jimmy Cricket’s big breakthrough into showbusiness came when he won a TV talent show called Search for a Star.

The Northern Irish comedian says he had previously spent eight gruelling years performing on the North of England club circuit.

“It was a tough, bruising apprenticeship,” Jimmy tells readers of his latest newspaper column in the Lancashire Evening Post.

London Weekend Television’s Search for a Star featured newly discovered talent from the cabaret and club scene.

And winning one of the programme’s heats in 1980 put Jimmy in the national spotlight.

He appreciated the significance of the timing, “breaking into televison in the 1980s when glamorous and dazzling variety shows dominated the schedules”.

Jimmy was later given his own series on Central Television in the mid-1980s called And There’s More.

It included the first TV appearance by the impressionist Rory Bremner.

Watch Jimmy’s first television appearance on Search for a Star here. (Warning: there may be advertisements.)

Read details here of the 1980 Search for a Star heat, which Jimmy won.

World’s poorest communities

In the LEP column, Jimmy also talks about his recently released aut0biography, which is now on sale.

Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian tells the heart-warming story of Jimmy’s illustrious life and career – told in his own words.

The paperback costs £11.99 and is available at online retailer Amazon here.

One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.

The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.

Also read – Autobiography: Buy The Jimmy Cricket Story now!