Posts Tagged :

Redcoat

From the archives: Jimmy the Butlin’s camp comic! 150 150 mhamer

From the archives: Jimmy the Butlin’s camp comic!

Jimmy Cricket

Here’s a treat for you from Jimmy’s past – a photo of him as a Butlin’s Redcoat in the late 60s.

Jimmy says: “It was 1967 and I was a Redcoat at Butlin’s in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

“The entertainment manager was a man called Bill Martin.

“He’d been a comedian in twice-nightly variety, which meant he toured in theatres up and down the country in the late 40s and early 50s.

“He had a wealth of experience and he took me under his wing.

“He made me the camp comic, which meant I was relieved of official duties and could dress up in silly clothes and gatecrash The Knobbly Knees contest and The Glamorous Grandmother Competition.

“In the enclosed photo, I’ve managed to talk a fellow Redcoat into climbing into a gorilla costume and I walked him round the camp with a lead having photographs taken.

“Happy Days!”

* * Thanks to Neil Whitfield for sending this photo to Jimmy.

Don Crann: A fine comedy actor and a joy to be with 150 150 mhamer

Don Crann: A fine comedy actor and a joy to be with

Paying tribute to my friend Don Crann who sadly has passed away today, I first met Don when we worked together as Redcoats at the Metropole in Blackpool he was a fine comedy actor who starred in, the hit TV sitcom, “The Gaffer”, a joy to be with, our thoughts are with his family.

Jimmy Cricket has paid tribute to his late friend, actor Don Crann.

Don appeared in a host of top TV programmes, including Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Jimmy said: “I first met Don when we worked together as Redcoats at the Metropole in Blackpool.

“He was a fine comedy actor who starred in the hit TV sitcom The Gaffer.

“And he was a joy to be with. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Don was also a regular in Heartbeat, as well as starring in countless plays and musicals.

He played Mike Baldwin’s business contact Trevor Hargreaves in Coronation Street.

Read all the latest stories on Cricket Times here