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Party marks Lancashire priest’s 75th birthday 150 150 mhamer

Party marks Lancashire priest’s 75th birthday

Show packed to the rafters! Photo slideshow 150 150 mhamer

Show packed to the rafters! Photo slideshow

Jimmy Cricket with "colleague" in action at the Darwen Library Theatre

A collection of photographs from Jimmy Cricket’s show at Darwen Library Theatre earlier this summer has been published on Facebook.

Vivien Nan Coyle posted the images of the well-known Northern Irish entertainer’s visit to the Lancashire venue at the start of June.

Jimmy was appearing in an afternoon show, which turned out to be a tremendous occasion as the theatre was packed to the rafters!

Vivien is pictured with Jimmy in the first photo of the slideshow below and he can also be seen in two images with Winnie Geddes.

The majority of the remaining pictures are of Jimmy in action and also with the show’s host, Glen South.

Jimmy said: “I really enjoyed performing at Darwen and was thrilled that Vivien was able to post this photo montage on her Facebook page.”

A retired fireman and The Original Wag 150 150 mhamer

A retired fireman and The Original Wag

The Original Wag by Graham AshworthJimmy Cricket is mentioned in the foreword of a new book by a Rochdale-born novelist.

The famous entertainer was presented with his own personal copy of The Original Wag by author Graham Ashworth. Jimmy features in the book and his contribution is also acknowledged.

Graham was a firefighter with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service before retiring in 2009. His first novel was Man O’ The World, which was released in 2013 and The Original Wag is his second.

Amazon, the popular retail website, says: “Both books mirror extraordinary life through the medium of fictional biographies. Nostalgia, humour and a gritty way of life feature prominently to create a welcome journey down Memory Lane.”

Graham now lives in Rossendale, Lancashire, with his wife Dawn. He is currently working on a third novel, the details of which will be revealed shortly, and is a regular contributor to Rossendale’s Life magazine.

Belfast-born Jimmy, who has lived in Rochdale for many years, said: “I wish Graham the very best with this book as it has an interesting theme and I hope many people get to read it!”