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Theatre’s new history display officially opens to public 150 150 mhamer

Theatre’s new history display officially opens to public

Jimmy Cricket helped to officially unveil a new history wall at a popular theatre in Essex.

Jimmy Cricket helped to officially unveil a new history wall at a popular theatre in Essex.

The Northern Irish comedian was at the West Cliff in Clacton-on-Sea at the weekend to perform in a variety show paying tribute to the late Roy Hudd OBE.

And while he was there, Jimmy took part in the theatre’s unveiling ceremony.

Roy, who died in 2020 at the age of 83 after a short illness, was an actor, comedian, radio host and author.

He was also an authority on the history of music hall entertainment.

The theatre said: “The West Cliff’s new permanent history display was officially unveiled yesterday by two of our patrons, Jimmy Cricket and Andrew Robley, along with Debbie Hudd and Don Maclean, all of whom have played a big part in the theatre’s history.
“The display was designed by our chairman and theatre historian, Norman Jacobs, along with graphic designer, Robert Gunthorpe.
What a variety show’
“It gives a complete overview of the theatre’s history from its foundation in 1894 to the present day, covering many of the major events and personalities that have made the West Cliff such a successful theatre, while at the same time, retaining its family friendly atmosphere.
“The display, in the foyer, will be open to the public from 10am to 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday and before and during shows.”

Jimmy was among a talented selection of performers who took to the stage on Sunday (2 June) to remember Roy.

What a variety show it was for our friend Roy Hudd @wctclacton with @DebHudd, co patron @andrewrobley, great singers @DarrenDOfficial @LynPaul6, comics @BobthecatBevan @DickyGauntlett, musicians Victoria Yellop, @tomcarradine, & Co alongside friends who came Don & Tony Maclean.

Hooray for Hudd celebrated Roy’s life and work.

Jimmy posted on social media: “What a variety show it was for our friend Roy Hudd @wctclacton with @DebHudd, co patron @andrewrobley, great singers @DarrenDOfficial @LynPaul6, comics @BobthecatBevan

@DickyGauntlett, musicians Victoria Yellop, @tomcarradine, & Co alongside friends who came Don & Tony Maclean.”

Roy Hudd

All proceeds from the show will contribute to a charity formed after Roy’s death.

Its aim is to have a statue erected in memory of the much-loved comedy legend.

As a patron, Roy had a long association with the West Cliff.

Roy’s widow, Debbie Hudd, and local singer Andrew Robley, organised Sunday’s show.

Oher performers included Steve Hewlett, one of Britain’s leading ventriloquists and a finalist in Britain’s Got Talent 2013.

Also read: Roy Hudd: One of the great performers, writers and comics

Hooray for Hudd: Jimmy promotes tribute show on BBC radio 150 150 mhamer

Hooray for Hudd: Jimmy promotes tribute show on BBC radio

Jimmy Cricket appeared on BBC Radio Essex to promote a special show taking place at the weekend.Jimmy Cricket  appeared on BBC Radio Essex to promote a special show taking place at the weekend.

Comedian Jimmy is among a talented array of performers taking to the stage on Sunday (2 June) in memory of the late Roy Hudd OBE.

The famous Northern Irish entertainer spoke to presenter Sadie Nine about the show during her morning programme on 25 May.

Listen to Jimmy and Sadie here (their chat begins around 37 minutes into the show). [Note: You may have to sign in or register to hear the clip.]

Roy was an actor, comedian radio host, author and authority on the history of music hall entertainment.

He died in 2020 at the age of 83 after a short illness.

Hooray for Hudd is an evening of top-class variety entertainment to celebrate his life and work.

It takes place at the West Cliff Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

All proceeds go towards a charity formed after Roy’s death.

The Clacton Gazette website says: “A fundraising appeal was made to put up a statue in memory of the much-loved comedy legend.

“Roy was a good friend of the West Cliff and, in 2010, he became patron of the theatre.

“Due to his long association with the West Cliff, the theatre decided to put on a variety show in his memory.

“Organised by Roy’s widow, Debbie Hudd, and local singer Andrew Robley, plenty of artists have agreed to appear on stage.

“Andrew will be performing a selection of songs.

‘Well-rounded cast’

“Jimmy Cricket, one of Ireland’s best-known comedians, is also taking part.

“Steve Hewlett, one of Britain’s leading ventriloquists and finalist in Britain’s Got Talent 2013, will be taking part in the celebratory performance.

“Comedian and actor Richard Gauntlett, who has twice starred in the West Cliff’s Summer Season, will also be performing.

“Lyn Paul, a former member of the New Seekers before starting her solo career and becoming a TV personality, is also attending.

“Ticket prices are £23, concessions £21.50.

“Hudd broke into television in the mid-1960s in sketch series such as The Illustrated Weekly Hudd and The Roy Hudd Show.

“His acting roles included the Dennis Potter series Lipstick on Your Collar, for which he received critical praise and a part in Karaoke.

“He also was the long-standing President of the British Music Hall Society and appeared in many pantomimes and variety performances.

“For more information go to westcliffclacton.co.uk/famousfaces/hooray-for-hudd.”

Also read: Roy Hudd: One of the great performers, writers and comics

Hi folks looking forward to this great ‘Variety Show’ @wctclacton on Sun 2nd June @7pm in memory of our great friend the comic/actor Roy Hudd, on the show is @andrewrobley @BobthecatBevan @LynPaul6 @DarrenDOfficial @DickyGauntlett , Steve Hewlett @tomcarradine & Victoria Yellop

 

 

Tribute show in memory of the late, great Roy Hudd 150 150 mhamer

Tribute show in memory of the late, great Roy Hudd

Roy Hudd

Jimmy Cricket is among the performers taking to the stage in memory of the late Roy Hudd OBE.

Roy was an actor, comedian radio host, author and authority on the history of music hall entertainment.

He died in 2020 at the age of 83 after a short illness.

Hooray for Hudd, on Sunday 2 June, will be an evening of top-class variety entertainment to celebrate his life and work.

It takes place at the West Cliff Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

All proceeds go towards a charity formed after Roy’s death.

The Clacton Gazette website says: “A fundraising appeal was made to put up a statue in memory of the much-loved comedy legend.

“Roy was a good friend of the West Cliff and, in 2010, he became patron of the theatre.

“Due to his long association with the West Cliff, the theatre decided to put on a variety show in his memory.

“Organised by Roy’s widow, Debbie Hudd, and local singer Andrew Robley, plenty of artists have agreed to appear on stage.

“Andrew will be performing a selection of songs.

‘Well-rounded cast’

“Jimmy Cricket, one of Ireland’s best-known comedians, is also taking part.

“Steve Hewlett, one of Britain’s leading ventriloquists and finalist in Britain’s Got Talent 2013, will be taking part in the celebratory performance.

“Comedian and actor Richard Gauntlett, who has twice starred in the West Cliff’s Summer Season, will also be performing.

“Lyn Paul, a former member of the New Seekers before starting her solo career and becoming a TV personality, is also attending.

“Other names are yet to be added to form a well-rounded cast.

“Ticket prices are £23, concessions £21.50.

“Hudd broke into television in the mid-1960s in sketch series such as The Illustrated Weekly Hudd and The Roy Hudd Show.

We’d love to see you there!

“His acting roles included the Dennis Potter series Lipstick on Your Collar, for which he received critical praise and a part in Karaoke.

“He also was the long-standing President of the British Music Hall Society and appeared in many pantomimes and variety performances.

“For more information go to westcliffclacton.co.uk/famousfaces/hooray-for-hudd.”

Jimmy commented on social media: “We’d love to see you there!”

Also read: Roy Hudd: One of the great performers, writers and comics

Roy Hudd: One of the great performers, writers and comics 150 150 mhamer

Roy Hudd: One of the great performers, writers and comics

Hi folks! Here is my tribute to Roy Hudd, one of the great performers/writer/comic of our generation who is sadly missed by everyone who had the great pleasure of knowing him, here is a link if you would like to donate and help the statue appeal 🎭https://theroyhuddstatueappeal.co.uk/donations

The late Roy Hudd OBE was “one of the country’s best-loved entertainers”, Jimmy Cricket says in his latest newspaper column.

Writing in the Lancashire Post, Jimmy recalls that he first saw Roy performing on TV in the 1960s.

And then the two met in the 1980s after which they became long-lasting friends.

Roy, an actor, comedian radio host, author and authority on the history of music hall entertainment, died in 2020 at the age of 83 after a short illness.

Coronation Street

His widow Debbie heads up the Roy Hudd Statue Appeal, which is raising funds for a lasting monument to him.

Roy earned praise for his roles in Dennis Potter’s Lipstick on your Collar and Karaoke in the 1990s.

The Croydon-born all-round entertainer appeared in Coronation Street as Archie Shuttleworth on and off between 2002 and 2010.

He also starred in acclaimed crime drama Ashes to Ashes. Other TV credits included Broadchurch, Benidorm and Casualty.

Roy hosted BBC Radio 2’s The News Huddlines for 26 years.

Jimmy posted about the newspaper column on social media.

He said: “Hi folks! Here is my tribute to one of the great performers/writers/comics of our generation, who is sadly missed by everyone who had the great pleasure of knowing him.

“Here is a link if you would like to donate and help with Roy and @DebHudd statue appeal theroyhuddstatueappeal.co.uk/donations.”

In his column, Jimmy says: “Roy and I shared so much in common.

“We’d both been Butlin’s Redcoats and we both loved twice-nightly variety, which we were both lucky to see as kids.”

Lyndene return

Jimmy begins his EIGHTH season at the popular Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool on Wednesday (5 July).

He will also be returning on 2 August, 6 September, 4 October, 1 November and 6 December.
Autobiography
A reminder that Jimmy’s autobiography, Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian, is available at online retailer Amazon here.

The paperback costs £11.99.

One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.

Ex-TV presenter Michael Aspel hosts Max Miller annual lunch 150 150 mhamer

Ex-TV presenter Michael Aspel hosts Max Miller annual lunch

Wonderful afternoon for the Max Miller Appreciation Society in Brighton with their members, and for organiser Terry, he’s pictured here with President producer/writer the great #JohnFisher alongside the patron, the great interviewer/host Michael Aspel (pictured fifth from right)

Michael Aspel OBE, the former TV newsreader and presenter, hosted The Max Miller Appreciation Society’s annual lunch and convention, at which Jimmy Cricket provided the main entertainment.

Aspel, who turns 90 in January, is a society patron. He is pictured above, fourth from the left.

During an illustrious broadcasting career, he presented a host of popular television shows.

They included Crackerjack, Give Us a ClueThis is Your Life and Antiques Roadshow.

The annual lunch took place at The Old Ship Hotel in Brighton on Sunday (20 November).

Famous funnyman Jimmy entertained the guests with his inimitable brand of clean comedy.

Wonderful afternoon for the Max Miller Appreciation Society in Brighton with their members, and for organiser Terry, he’s pictured here with President producer/writer the great #JohnFisher alongside the patron, the great interviewer/host Michael Aspel

He said afterwards on social media that it had been a “wonderful afternoon” for the society.

Max Miller, born Thomas Henry Sargent in 1894, was an English comedian often considered the greatest stand-up of his generation.

His wife, Kathleen, chose the stage name after apparently seeing it in a press notice.

He became known as the Cheeky Chappie and went on to tell jokes, dance, sing and write songs.

Max also starred in 14 feature films and frequently appeared on radio.

He volunteered for the Army in the First World War and started a troupe concert party during his time in the Forces.

Upon leaving the Army, he took up work as a light comedian, dancer and singer.

Aims and ambitions

Max toured extensively, appearing in shows and, by the early 1930s, had reached top billing in large music halls, including the London Palladium.

He made his last recording in January 1963 and died four months later at the age of 68.

A bronze statue of Max stands in the Pavilion Gardens in Brighton, where he was born and died.

The Max Miller Appreciation Society was established in January 1999 in Brighton to celebrate the Cheeky Chappie.

Over the years, it has recruited more than 1,000 members worldwide.

Wonderful afternoon for the Max Miller Appreciation Society in Brighton with their members, and for organiser Terry, he’s pictured here with President producer/writer the great #JohnFisher alongside the patron, the great interviewer/host Michael Aspel

Past president Roy Hudd OBE helped greatly in furthering the aims and ambitions of the Society, as did the late Sir Ken Dodd (past patron).

The current president is John Fisher, the author and TV producer.

He wrote and produced, among many other programmes, the series Heroes of Comedy, an episode of which featured Max Miller.

Also read on this website: King Charles III, Royal Mint & Jimmy’s birthday

Max Miller Appreciation Society: Come ‘ere… there’s more 150 150 mhamer

Max Miller Appreciation Society: Come ‘ere… there’s more

Jimmy Cricket is performing at the Max Miller Appreciation Society annual lunch and conventionJimmy Cricket is the star performer at The Max Miller Appreciation Society’s annual lunch and convention at the weekend.

The event takes place at The Old Ship Hotel in Brighton on Sunday (20 November). It begins at 12.30pm.

Full details of the convention are here.

Max Miller, born Thomas Henry Sargent in 1894, was an English comedian often considered the greatest stand-up of his generation.

His wife, Kathleen, chose the stage name after apparently seeing it in a press notice.

He became known as the Cheeky Chappie and went on to tell jokes, dance, sing and write songs.

Max also starred in 14 feature films and frequently appeared on radio.

He volunteered for the Army in the First World War and started a troupe concert party during his time in the Forces.

Upon leaving the Army, he took up work as a light comedian, dancer and singer.

Max toured extensively, appearing in shows and, by the early 1930s, had reached top billing in large music halls, including the London Palladium.

Aims and ambitions

He made his last recording in January 1963 and died four months later at the age of 68.

A bronze statue of Max stands in the Pavilion Gardens in Brighton, where he was born and died.

The Max Miller Appreciation Society was established in January 1999 in Brighton to celebrate the Cheeky Chappie.

Over the years, it has recruited more than 1,000 members worldwide.

Past president Roy Hudd OBE helped greatly in furthering the aims and ambitions of the Society, as did the late Sir Ken Dodd (past patron).

The current president is John Fisher, the author and TV producer.

He wrote and produced, among many other programmes, the series Heroes of Comedy, an episode of which featured Max Miller.

Also read on this website: Frank Carson: Memories of a cracking comedian

 

Tribute to old friend on first Music Hall and Variety Day 150 150 mhamer

Tribute to old friend on first Music Hall and Variety Day

My own personal contribution to @musichallsoc and my tribute to my sadly missed friend Roy Hudd OBE whose birthday it is today!
Jimmy Cricket posted his a special tribute to an old friend on the first Music Hall and Variety Day.

The British Music Hall Society launched – online – the celebration event on Saturday 16 May.

Variety fans used the hashtag #musichallvarietyday in posts on social media.

Moreover, it was an opportunity to pay tribute to the society’s former president Roy Hudd, who died in March.

On 16 May, Jimmy posted a video containing a mixture of music and photographs from the archives.

He said: “My own personal contribution to @musichallsoc and my tribute to my sadly missed friend Roy Hudd OBE whose birthday it is today!”

Watch Jimmy’s tribute on Twitter here

Jimmy Cricket paid his own special tribute to old friend Roy Hudd OBE on

Comedian and writer Roy was president of the society for 28 years, until his death.

The day celebrated the theatrical form, a popular type of entertainment from the early Victorian era.

However, it faded away after 1918, to be later rebranded as variety.

The influences of this era of entertainment are still present today, such as Saturday evening talent contests and stand-up comedy.

‘Delighted’

Music Hall and variety theatre fans celebrated by sharing personal artefacts, collections and memories of the genre.

Roy’s widow, Debbie, said: “I am delighted that the British Music Hall Society is paying tribute to Roy in this way.

“Roy loved music hall and variety.

“He was honoured to be the President of the Society and was thrilled and delighted with the continuing work it does.”

Find out more about the society here.

Jimmy also marked the occasion by doing an interview on BBC Radio Somerset on 16 May.

He tweeted later: “My thanks to #MelEverett at BBC Radio Somerset for the interview today for the #MusicHallVarietyDay in memory of their past President Roy Hudd OBE.”

Listen to Jimmy’s interview here

The first Music Hall and Variety Day took place on 16 May 2020

Roy, an actor, radio host, author and authority on the history of music hall entertainment, died on 15 March following a short illness.

He hosted BBC Radio 2’s The News Huddlines for 26 years and also starred in Coronation Street.

The all-round entertainer appeared in Corrie as Archie Shuttleworth on and off between 2002 and 2010.

Fellow funnyman Jimmy said: “Comedian/actor/writer, Roy was a walking encyclopedia of the British music hall.”

Dick Whittington

Croydon-born Roy earned praise for his roles in Dennis Potter’s Lipstick on your Collar and Karaoke in the 1990s.

He also starred in acclaimed crime drama Ashes to Ashes.

Five years ago, he played his first pantomime dame in Dick Whittington and His Cat at the then newly renovated Wilton’s Music Hall in London.

Other TV credits include Broadchurch, Benidorm and Casualty.