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Picture special: James Mulgrew is appointed a papal knight 150 150 mhamer

Picture special: James Mulgrew is appointed a papal knight

Jimmy Cricket receives his Papal Knighthood from the Bishop of Salford, Rt Rev John ArnoldFamous entertainer Jimmy Cricket, aka James Mulgrew, has been invested as a Knight of the Pontifical Order of St Gregory the Great at St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Rochdale.

The service on Saturday 16 January was presided over by the Bishop of the Diocese of Salford, Rt Rev John Arnold.

Jimmy’s son, Fr Frankie Mulgrew, attended along with the parish priest of St Patrick’s – Rev Joe Sweeney, one of the Vicar Generals of Salford – Cannon Michael Cooke – and friends of Jimmy, Fr Des O’Driscoll and Fr Tom Mulheran.

Also present at the service was fellow comedian and papal knight, Don Maclean, who had travelled up for the service from his home in Solihull in the West Midlands.

The proposer of the award was Bill Lees. At first he did not know whether he could make the service due to a prior commitment, but in the end only missed the first 10 minutes and was able to make the rest of this special occasion.

The role of sponsor during the investiture part of the ceremony (pictured above) was taken by Lord David Alton.

During the service the choir from St Patrick’s primary school sang and there was also a song of reflection sung by Jimmy’s daughter, Katie.

After the service, a reception was held at the nearby St Vincent’s Parish Hall in Norden and most people who had attended the Mass were able to continue to celebrate with Jimmy on what was a memorable day for all.

* Click on either of the arrow-shaped play buttons above to watch a slideshow of pictures. The photographs  (apart from the cover of the order of service) were provided by Michael Davis.

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)

‘Special medal is fitting recognition’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Special medal is fitting recognition’

A good friend of well-known entertainer Jimmy Cricket has been honoured for distinguished service to the Roman Catholic Church and its community.

Jim Nicholas, a DJ and comedian, was featured in the Manchester Evening News for all his fundraising exploits for the Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester.

Jim Nicholas was featured in the Manchester Evening News for all his fund-raising work for the Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester

Jim Nicholas was featured in the Manchester Evening News for all his fundraising work for the Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester

He has been awarded the Papal Medal, which is also known as the Benemerenti.

The medal was presented to him by the Rt Rev Terence Brain, the Bishop of Salford.

Jimmy was at the ceremony and is quoted in the article, right, saying: “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this magnificent award than Jim.

“He has worked tirelessly for Francis House over the years, raising a phenomenal amount of money for this cause.

“It’s been a real pleasure to have known him and to have shared the platform with him at various charity concerts.

“This special medal is fitting recognition for his marvellous contribution to the parishes and communities where he’s lived and helped support.”

* Read about the latest fundraising event for Francis House Children’s Hospice involving Jimmy and Jim.