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Coventry show will be ‘wonderful afternoon of feel-good entertainment’ 150 150 mhamer

Coventry show will be ‘wonderful afternoon of feel-good entertainment’

This was one of the first shows to be cancelled when the pandemic struck last March… now at last we can go ahead! This coming Friday, 24 Sept at @BelgradeTheatre … #Variety is back! #CoventryJimmy Cricket will be making up for lost time when he performs on stage in Coventry this week.

The famous funnyman appears on the Belgrade Theatre Main Stage on Friday 24 September (1.30pm start).

The show, originally postponed because of coronavirus, is billed as A Big Afternoon Out with Bob Brolly and Jimmy Cricket.

Jimmy’s wife, a professional singer who going by the stage name of May Marion, is also appearing.

Musical host Andy Eastwood, a good friend of Jimmy’s, said: “This was one of the first shows to be cancelled when the pandemic struck last March.

“Now at last we can go ahead! This coming Friday, 24 Sept at @BelgradeTheatre#Variety is back! #Coventry.”

The theatre’s website says: “Bob Brolly and his band return with their heartwarming blend of Irish ballads, country hits, nostalgic singalongs and entertaining chat.

“Favourite funnyman Jimmy Cricket is also back, with the brand of humour that has made him not only a legend of laughter, but a national treasure.

“Singer May Marion and your regular host and compere Andy Eastwood complete the line-up in this wonderful afternoon of feel-good entertainment.”

View times and book here for the Coventry show

Also read: Great chance to support live entertainment

Jam nights are about to return! 150 150 mhamer

Jam nights are about to return!

Pictures from one of Jimmy's jam nights in 2019

Pictures from one of Jimmy’s jam nights in 2019

Jimmy Cricket is about to bring back his popular charity jam nights following an enforced 18-month break.

Famous Northern Irish funnyman Jimmy and his wife May – a professional singer – have for more than a decade hosted a regular night of entertainment in their adopted home town of Rochdale.

It provides an opportunity for Jimmy and other performers to try out new (and relive some old) routines.

They began it on a monthly basis and in the past few years have alternated hosting the jam nights with their good friend and fellow entertainer Eric Devereaux.

It takes place in the lounge area of St Vincent’s RC parish centre in Norden.

They invite different guests who perform free of charge.

Jimmy Cricket's self-isolating message just before the start of the lockdown

There is a raffle and the selling of refreshments, with all proceeds donated to a chosen charity.

The popular comedian has nicknamed those who regularly support these evenings as ‘Jimmy’s Jammers’.

But the event was inevitably put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Conveyor of good news’

But the good news is that the jam night is ready to return!

Jimmy, May and their friends messaged the regular audience members this week with the following message.

Hi Jammers,

I hope you’re all fit and well as we gradually come out of what has been an unprecedented time in all our lives.

I’m pleased to be the conveyor of good news. Father James has given us the go ahead to have a Charity Jam Night in the Parish Hall.

Both May and I have decided to make our first one back, a little more special, by having it on a Saturday night, 16th October 2021. As it will be my birthday, on the Sunday the 17th, it is also Maureen Barker’s alongside my fellow Comic Dusty Young on the Monday, so we can celebrate with a big cake for us all, (anyone else celebrating a birthday either side of this date, just let us know).

There will be the usual comedy, music, raffle, with teas, coffees, and biscuits, (cardboard cups for hot drinks will be supplied, but if anyone would rather bring their own cup from home, please feel free).

Ever present dependable Kath and Pauline will be on hand to help, and our designated Charity for the evening will be for Mary’s Meals, (which has just celebrated reaching the 2 million mark of feeding children whilst in education, in 19 different countries around the world).

We look forward to seeing you all there on the evening, as we also come together to remember and celebrate the lives of those whom we have lost from our group over the last 18 months.

Sending our Love and Best Wishes to you all xx

Jimmy & May & Eric & Gloria & Kath & Pauline

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Francis House: Fund-raising show lined up for October 150 150 mhamer

Francis House: Fund-raising show lined up for October

Jimmy Cricket is doing a fund-raising show for Francis House in ChorleyJimmy Cricket is doing another show for his favourite charity in October.

The famous funnyman will be headlining a performance of music and laughter at Fox Lane Sports Club in Leyland, Lancashire.

The show will raise funds for Francis House Children’s Hospice in south Manchester.

Jimmy posted on social media: “My thanks to @eventphotos67 for arranging this show.

“We are looking forward to raising much-needed funds for @FrancisHouseCH via this charity show this coming October.

“Why not come along folks if you live local #liveperformance.”

The show, which is on Friday 8 October, will also feature Jimmy’s wife, who sings by the name of May Marion, and his good friend Jim Nicholas, also an entertainer and long-time supporter of the hospice.

Book tickets here

All-round entertainer Jimmy has raised around half-a-million pounds for Francis House over the years.
That is thanks to countless touring shows and parish hall events across almost two decades.
Based at Didsbury, Francis House cares for children and young adults with life-threatening conditions.
It provides a home from home where families can receive professional care, support and friendship.

The seven-bedroom building at Francis House opened in November 1991, with Diana, Princess of Wales, officially doing the honours.

It was only the fifth children’s hospice built in the UK and the world.

Read a timeline of the history of the hospice here

Also see: Francis House benefits from Rochdale ‘jam’ night

Galloway’s: Headlining sight loss charity’s Christmas party 150 150 mhamer

Galloway’s: Headlining sight loss charity’s Christmas party

Jimmy and May Cricket

Jimmy Cricket and his wife May Marion are headlining a Christmas party for sight charity Galloway’s – via Zoom. 

The entertainers will deliver a 30-minute set during the online celebration on Friday 18 December.

Andrew Coleman, assistive technology coordinator at Galloway’s, is performing some swinging Christmas songs as part of the festivities.

Tickets cost £10 and include a small festive food hamper, delivered before the event.

Guests can join using either their telephone, smart phone or tablet through the Zoom app.

To take part in the fun, which begins at 7pm, call the charity on 01772 744148 or visit before Monday December 7.

The party is primarily aimed at blind and partially sighted people, their family members and the charity’s volunteers.

Galloway’s has supported people with sight loss in the North West of England for more than 150 years.

Find out more about Galloway’s

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Happy 65th birthday to Mrs C! 150 150 mhamer

Happy 65th birthday to Mrs C!

Mrs C, aka May Mulgrew, has celebrated her 65th birthday!

Mrs Cricket – aka May Mulgrew – turned 65 on Saturday.

May is a singer in her own right and performs at many of Jimmy’s shows.

Her stage name is May Marion.

Jimmy tweeted: “A big shout out to my good lady May who is 65 today. As the song goes -“You’re the wind beneath my wings.”

He also posted: “A big thank you to everyone who has wished Mrs C. “Happy Birthday”, here is us celebrating last Wednesday before Lockdown!”  Bottle with popping cork  Clinking glasses

The latest national lockdown in England began on Thursday and is due to last until 2 December.

Also read: Jimmy’s friend Patti Gold celebrates 60th birthday

The Crickets at Christmas – courtesy of Jimmy and May 150 150 mhamer

The Crickets at Christmas – courtesy of Jimmy and May

Here is an idea for a Christmas Show, with applied social distancing in Theatres and venues! Just ring us on 01706 353545 for a booking!

Jimmy Cricket and his wife May have come up with a special Christmas show format in place of the usual panto.

The United Kingdom continues to remain under coronavirus restrictions.

It means it is highly unlikely theatres will be able to stage traditional pantomimes over the Christmas and New Year period.

So Jimmy and May – who goes under the stage name of May Marion – are offering venues, The Crickets at Christmas.

The photo above is of a poster on the homepage of Jimmy’s webpage.

Jimmy explained: “Panto just like Santa, Christmas trees and turkey is a mainstay of our festive season.

“A wonderful opportunity for the whole family to visit the theatre.


“It’s also a two-way process when theatres can put the house-full signs up and take in a bit of cash to help them get through the rest of the year.

“It’s going to be sad this year to pass some of our local theatres and not hear that laughter and applause.

“To help any theatres that don’t want to remain dark and keep a link open to their regular patrons, my wife and I have devised a two-hander Christmas show.

“It will follow government guidelines with social distancing etc, so everyone can feel safe.

“It can be a 90-minute straight through show or an hour each half with an interval.

“Because of limited capacity, we’re happy to do two shows.

“It’s something to keep us going until please God we can all get back to normal.

“Stay safe and healthy everyone!

“Just ring us on 01706 353545 for a booking!”

Also read: What it might be tough to stage pantos this year…

Raising funds for St Boniface in Lancaster 150 150 mhamer

Raising funds for St Boniface in Lancaster

Had a wonderful night at Bentham Town Hall pictured here with organisers Brian and Mavis Mason with fellow act Jonathan Young alongside Fr Frank for St Boniface Parish Funds!

Famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket helped raise funds for a church in Lancaster earlier this month.

The Northern Irish comedian performed at Bentham Town Hall in the Lancashire city on Saturday 10 November in aid of St Boniface Roman Catholic Church.

Also on the show was Jimmy’s wife May Marion and their good friend Jonathan Young from The Bachelors.

The church’s website said the event was a sellout and “a very enjoyable evening”.

Jimmy tweeted the photos above and added: “Had a wonderful night at Bentham Town Hall pictured here with organisers Brian and Mavis Mason with fellow act Jonathan Young alongside Fr Frank for St Boniface Parish Funds!”