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Famous funnyman in fond return to Devon 150 150 mhamer

Famous funnyman in fond return to Devon


Jimmy Cricket with Daryl, the entertainment manager at Beverley Holidays park in DevonJimmy Cricket returned to Torbay in Devon for the first time in a couple of years when he appeared in the coastal resort of Paignton.

The much-loved Northern Irish comedian performed in the wonderful Theatre Cabaret room at Beverley Holidays park (picture of Jimmy on stage below).

He is pictured right with Daryl,  the assistant entertainment manager at the park.

Beverley Holidays have three parks in Devon, and all of them offer an excellent range of holiday accommodation from luxury hot tub lodges and ultra-modern hot tub holiday caravans, to camping and touring pitches with stunning sea views of the coast.

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Warner hall in Harrogate is a ‘stunning location’ 150 150 mhamer

Warner hall in Harrogate is a ‘stunning location’

Jimmy Cricket pictured with friends at Nidd Hall in North Yorkshire

Comedian Jimmy Cricket pictured with friends at Nidd Hall in North Yorkshire

Jimmy Cricket recently appeared at the Warner Leisure Hotels heritage site of Nidd Hall, which is situated just outside the town of Harrogate in lovely North Yorkshire.

The famous entertainer, 70, was able to enjoy his visit to this “stunning location”, which is always not the case because when he appears at a venue as sometimes it can be quite hectic setting up beforehand and then getting away afterwards.

Nidd all in North Yorkshire

However, on this occasion he had to get everything ready for the evening’s show immediately on arrival.

This created a gap of several hours before his performance, allowing him and Mrs Cricket to have a look around this impressive site.

When Jimmy arrived for his evening show, the ballroom was packed and the audience gave him a very warm reception.

He and Mrs Cricket were able to stay overnight in the hotel, as his show the next day was an afternoon performance in Lincolnshire, making it more sense for him to drive there from North Yorkshire than to go back and forth from his Rochdale home.

Jimmy said: “A big thanks to Sue Coulbeck from Warners HQ for making this show happen and also to the Nidd Hall entertainments manager, Jonathan Ryley, for his very professional attitude and approach, which all contributed to making this a successful visit for me to a stunning location.”

Jimmy Cricket on stage at Nidd Hall

‘I’d be James Cricket Bond – the man with the golden wellingtons!’ 150 150 mhamer

‘I’d be James Cricket Bond – the man with the golden wellingtons!’

The Northern Echo article about Jimmy CricketJimmy Cricket was quizzed about cars in a recent edition of The Northern Echo newspaper in north-east England. 

Among other things, the well-known entertainer, 70, was asked about his first car (a white Triumph 2000 which cost him £130) and how many times it took him to pass his driving test (four!).

And when questioned about his dream car, the Northern Irish comic said: “It’s got to be an Aston Martin and I’d be ‘James Cricket Bond’ – the man with the golden wellingtons!”

Jimmy is famous for his trademark wellies, which he wears on the wrong feet.

The area The Northern Echo covers includes Darlington, Durham, Middlesbrough and North Yorkshire.

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!”

Jimmy impersonator won Butlin’s award 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy impersonator won Butlin’s award

Philip Lewis is on the right of the talent show line-up

Philip Lewis is on the right of the talent show line-up

Pictures of a young Jimmy Cricket impersonator from the 1980s have been sent to the well-known Northern Irish entertainer.

They were posted to Jimmy at his home in Rochdale just before Christmas and were taken back in 1987 during a Butlin’s holiday talent show hosted at the Grand Hotel in Scarborough.

Philip won an award for his Jimmy Cricket impersonation

Philip won an award for his impersonation

The focus of the photos are a young man named Philip Lewis who, as a 10-year-old, entered the competition complete with hat and wellies!

It was at a time when Jimmy had several television series on ITV and Philip was dressed up in attire for which Jimmy had become famous.

And Philip did such a great job of impersonating Jimmy that he won an award for it!

Jimmy said: “It was a nice surprise when I opened the letter containing these pictures and a bit of nostalgia crept in as well.”