Why I got barred from our parish hall watching a Hollywood film…
Jimmy Cricket talks about his first experiences of Hollywood films… and tells how he got banned from his local parish hall while watching one!
In his latest column Lancashire Post column, the Northern Irish comic recalls seeing The Charge of the Light Brigade as a six-year-old.
It was being shown via a small projector at a parochial venue in a Belfast suburb called Ligoniel.
Jimmy remembers that the tension towards the end of the film got too much for him.
He jumped out of his seat and at the top of his voice shouted: “Charge!”.
It resulted in him becoming the first child to be barred from the parish hall!
He says Belfast was teeming with cinemas in the 1950s as TV hadn’t taken off fully by then.
Celebrities attended film festival roadshow
The popular funnyman also highights a special service called Talking Pictures TV.
It is a family-run business that shows films from the 1930s through to the 60s.
Last October, Jimmy and other celebrities attended the Talking Pictures Festival of Film roadshow on Merseyside.
Famous Liverpool comic Jimmy Tarbuck and well-known TV actor Tim Healey also took part in the event at the Plaza Community Cinema Waterloo.
Tim has appeared in many productions, including Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
The programme was a British comedy-drama television programme about seven British construction workers who leave the UK to search for employment overseas.
It first aired in the early 1980s.
Jimmy Tarbuck is an English comedian, singer, actor, entertainer and game show host.
He hosted numerous game shows and quiz shows on ITV during the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.
Radio DJ Mike Read was the compère and interviewer for the event.
Below are images from the roadshow.
It was a celebration of film and TV history, and included lots of short films and lost TV episodes/films.
Hollywood, a neighbourhood in Los Angeles, California, is famous for being the historic centre of the US film industry and its stars.
Talking Pictures TV is an independent archive film and television channel.
It is available on Virgin 445, Freesat 306, Freeview or Youview 82 or on the Sky digital satellite platform, channel 328.