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Elvis impersonator raises £200,000 for Francis House 150 150 mhamer

Elvis impersonator raises £200,000 for Francis House

DJ and Elvis Impersonator Jim Nicholas has raised an incredible £200k over 25 years by collecting at his performances

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJ and Elvis Presley impersonator Jim Nicholas has raised an amazing £200,000 over 25 years for Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Jim, who is a good friend of comedian Jimmy Cricket, has raised the funds by collecting at his performances.

Northern Irish funnyman Jimmy has also brought in a lot of money over the decades for the hospice.

Francis House is based in south Manchester.

Both entertainers feature in the latest edition of the charity’s newsletter (above).

‘Wonderful cause’

Jimmy, 74, tweeted: “Our thanks, (mine and Jim Nicholas), for the lovely article in the@FrancisHouseCH winter newsletter.

“It has been a pleasure working on behalf of your wonderful cause over the years!”

His pal Jim says in the newsletter: “From day one when I first went to Francis House and saw the families, I felt that I wanted to do everything I could for them.

“Without Francis House these families would be stuck.

“If I can entertain people and they enjoy what I’m doing, and if that helps in some small way, I’m happy to do it.”

Jim, who is from Swinton in Salford, Greater Manchester, is also the impresario behind Jimmy’s variety shows for Francis House.

The pair were introduced many years ago by Sister Aloysius and have remained close friends and showbiz partners ever since.

Christmas CD

The Stars Come Out for Francis House charity gala has taken place at the Oldham Coliseum eight times.

In addition, there are plans for an October 2020 performance.

A few years ago, Jimmy hit upon the idea of original Christmas numbers to sell at his shows with profits donated to Francis House.

The CD is Santa bring my wellies back to me.

The name of the CD relates to the theft several years ago of concrete wellington boots (below right).

‘Happy Christmas everyone!’

The late Sir Ken Dodd had given them to Rochdale-based Jimmy.

The wellies were given by Ken Dodd to Jimmy CricketJimmy said: “With Christmas ‘19 beckoning my goal is to reach 2,000 copies and that would mean we’ve raised £10,000 for Francis House.

“A big thank you to those of you who’ve bought one and a Happy Christmas everyone!”

Francis House said: “Help Jimmy reach his goal of selling 2,000 copies to raise £10,000!

“‘Santa Bring My Wellies Back To Me’ can be purchased for £5 plus £1.95 p&p from Francis House by calling 0161 443 2200.

“Or go to www.francishouse.org.uk/getinvolved/shop/online-shop/”

You can also buy the CD here at Jimmy’s own website.

And there’s more… there’s a special Christmas offer on at present from Jimmy!

Interviewed by cousin on Black Country Radio about Christmas CD! 150 150 mhamer

Interviewed by cousin on Black Country Radio about Christmas CD!

Jimmy CricketJimmy Cricket was interviewed on the radio by a relative recently!

The Northern Irish comedian chatted to his cousin Pat Breslin, who as well as being a professional entertainer himself, is a presenter on Black Country Radio, which broadcasts across part of the West Midlands.

Jimmy was asked about his Christmas CD,  Santa bring my wellies back to me, which first went on sale two years ago and has now sold around 1600 copies.

Jimmy posted on social media: “Was interviewed by my cousin Pat Breslin! Listen to our chat here, as we also promote my Christmas CD, with all the proceeds going to ⁦

The interview with Jimmy begins at 2:05:20; towards the top of the page on the link above, press the play button (arrow pointing right) and then drag the white circle along the black band to this time.

Famous funnyman Jimmy said that when another 400 copies of the CD have been sold, it will have raised £10,000 for the hospice.

The name of the CD relates to the theft several years ago of concrete wellington boots (below right)  given to Rochdale-based Jimmy by friend and fellow comedian, the late Sir Ken Dodd. They were never recovered.

All proceeds go to Francis House Children’s Hospice which is based in south Manchester and is a favourite charity of Jimmy’s.

The wellies were given by Ken Dodd to Jimmy Cricket

  • In a special offer only for Christmas 2018,  Jimmy is offering his Christmas CD and his DVD Pull Your Seats Forward, which is based on a live performance, both for the same price (£12 including P&P) and Jimmy  will send half the money to charity.

For more details about this special offer, go here.

 

Eddie Braben exhibition is ‘a tribute to a genius’ 150 150 mhamer

Eddie Braben exhibition is ‘a tribute to a genius’

Been to this wonderful exhibition in honour of one of Liverpool’s son’s, the genius writer Eddie Braben, with his family, widow Dee and daughters Jane and Claire, with fellow acts, the great comedy actor Ricky Tomlinson and comic Tony Barton, alongside the Mayoress and other friends to celebrate his work and life, (today is also his Birthday), it runs for two weeks at this fabulous venue #TheFlorrie ?

Jimmy Cricket and fellow well-known entertainers have visited an exhibition which remembers the great work of legendary comedy writer Eddie Braben.

Eddie, who died aged 82 in 2013, was an English writer and performer best known for providing material for Morecambe and Wise. He also worked for David FrostRonnie Corbett and Sir Ken Dodd.

Looking forward to my visit to this wonderful Exhibition as a tribute to the genius writing of @eddie_braben at the Florrie in Liverpool

He was credited with changing the profile of Morecambe and Wise, helping to turn them into one of the most popular and enduring comedy acts in the history of British entertainment.

Jimmy himself started working with Eddie on his TV show, And There’s More, in the 1980s and 90s, and then his radio show, Jimmy’s Cricket Show.

The exhibition on Eddie’s work at The Florrie, a stunning Grade II Victorian community heritage venue located in south Liverpool, opened on Wednesday 31 October for a fortnight.

Jimmy posted on social media: “Been to this wonderful exhibition in honour of one of Liverpool’s sons, the genius writer Eddie Braben, with his family, widow Dee and daughters Jane and Claire, with fellow acts, the great comedy actor Ricky Tomlinson and comic Tony Barton, alongside the Mayoress and other friends to celebrate his work and life.”

The Northern Irish entertainer  described the exhibition as “a tribute to the genius writing of “.

Looking forward to my visit to this wonderful Exhibition as a tribute to the genius writing of @eddie_braben at the Florrie in Liverpool

Jimmy Cricket’s play delights Blackburn Empire Theatre audience 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket’s play delights Blackburn Empire Theatre audience

Jimmy Cricket tweeted: My thanks to Jonathan Young and @ColinMeredith52 for tonight’s performance of, “No More Fiffing and Faffing” and to the great reception we got from the audience @ThwaitesEmpire!

Jimmy Cricket’s first play got a great reception from the audience on its debut performance – and was watched by a special guest.

No more Fiffing and Faffing was staged for the first time at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday evening.

Appearing with funnyman Jimmy was Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

Among the audience was Lady Anne Dodd, widow of famous comedian Sir Ken Dodd who died aged 90 in May this year.

Jimmy tweeted after the show: “A big thank you to my friends , neighbours and supporters for coming to my new play last night at the Blackburn Empire.. A special thanks to Lady Anne Dodd. To see you all there was heart warming.”

He also posted on social media: “My thanks to Jonathan Young and for tonight’s performance of, “No More Fiffing and Faffing” and to the great reception we got from the audience !”

 

Miracles R Us – Fr Frankie’s latest book 150 150 mhamer

Miracles R Us – Fr Frankie’s latest book

Fr Frankie Mulgrew, the younger son of famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket, has been discussing his latest book in The Universe, the Catholic national newspaper.

The Roman Catholic priest, who is based in Blackburn, East Lancashire, compiled and edited Miracles R Us: Supernatural Miracles In The Catholic Church.

A summary of the book, published by St Pauls Publishing, says: “Do miracles really happen? Are there miracles in the 21st century just as there were during the life of Jesus?

“In Miracles R Us we discover how God works supernatural miracles in our day and age. Filled with real-life stories of spiritual and physical miracles from well-known priests, Religious and Catholic speakers we discover that life-changing miracles of the soul and physical healings beyond current medical explanation happen, all through the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church: baptism, confession, Eucharist, confirmation, marriage, holy orders and anointing of the sick.

“This book proves that God’s love and power to transform hearts and lives is as real today as it was in the time of Jesus.”

It includes a contribution from Cardinal Vincent Nichols and all authorship profits will go to support Mary’s Meals, who provide vital meals to some of the world’s poorest children.Frankie Mulgrew, younger son of comedian Jimmy Cricket, kneels in front of the Bishop of Salford at his ordination service

Fr Frankie (right), who was a comedian like his dad before being ordained five years ago, is quoted in the 9 March edition of The Universe saying: “This book is to help encourage, affirm and edify our own faith but also to be passed into the hands of those who may have stopped going to Church, give them reason to believe and reason to know that God loves them, has never given up on them and wants to fill their life with his divine love, mercy and blessings.”

The 16 March edition of The Universe also features Fr Frankie talking about Miracles R Us.

The comic-turned-priest, whose stage name was Frankie Doodle, has previously had a book published about God and humour called Does God LOL? (LOL is internet slang for Laugh Out Loud).

He compiled and edited the book, which includes contributions from famous entertainers Ricky Tomlinson, Tim Vine, Jo Brand, Milton Jones and the late Sir Ken Dodd and Frank Carson.

All proceeds from sales of that book have also gone towards Mary’s Meals.

Buy MIRACLES R US here

Listen to Fr Frankie talking about his latest book here

Sir Ken Dodd: Jimmy Cricket pays tribute at funeral in Liverpool 150 150 mhamer

Sir Ken Dodd: Jimmy Cricket pays tribute at funeral in Liverpool

Jimmy Cricket was among those to pay a special tribute to the late Sir Ken Dodd at the legendary comedian’s funeral.

The Northern Irish entertainer joined other stars like actors Ricky Tomlinson, Stephanie Cole and Miriam Margolyes, and fellow comics Jimmy Tarbuck and Stan Boardman at the service at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday.

Sir Ken died at the age of 90 earlier this month.

Jimmy said he was “one of the most original, innovative and gifted comedians we’ll ever see”.

“Comedians like Ken only come once in a lifetime – we thank God today that he came in ours,” he told a packed congregation.

“He had time for everybody. He said we were all walking miracles, every one of us and we all had stories to tell.”

Fellow comedian Jimmy Cricket has been paying tribute to Sir Ken Dodd at his funeral.

BBC News

Members of the public lined the route taken by Sir Ken’s funeral cortege from his Knotty Ash home to the cathedral in his home city. Some of them sang his 1964 song Happiness as the horse-drawn hearse passed.

Tickling sticks were also placed around Liverpool in tribute to the famous entertainer who was loved by millions and whose shows would nearly always overrun, sometimes by hours.

The BBC called Sir Ken Dodd a comedy legend

The BBC called Sir Ken Dodd a comedy legend when it reported his death

Jimmy Cricket remembers comedy pals Sir Ken Dodd & Jim Bowen 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket remembers comedy pals Sir Ken Dodd & Jim Bowen

Rochdale Council's photo of Sir Ken Dodd and Jimmy Cricket

Jimmy Cricket has been remembering comedy friends Jim Bowen and Sir Ken Dodd, who died within a few days of each other.

Liverpool legend Sir Ken, creator of the Diddy Men, passed away last weekend aged 90, having recently been released from hospital after six weeks of treatment for a chest infection.

And broadcaster and comedian Jim, best known for hosting darts-based game show Bullseye in the 1980s and ’90s, died on Wednesday at the age of 80.

Belfast-born and Rochdale-based Jimmy posted a video on Twitter in which he pays a special tribute to Sir Ken (below).

And Rochdale Council also tweeted the photo at the top of this article, saying: “Farewell to a legend – here’s comedy star Sir Ken Dodd with his good friend and Rochdale resident during a town hall dinner to celebrate Jimmy receiving a Papal knighthood in 2015. RIP and thanks for the laughs.”

Jimmy Cricket talking about Sir Ken Dodd

The Universe, the weekly Catholic newspaper, featured a photograph of Sir Ken on its front page (below), saying: “Catholic comedian leads tribute to legendary funnyman.”

And the Rochdale Observer also reported on Jimmy paying tribute to Sir Ken. The story recalled the tale of the stolen concrete wellies – read more about that here.

Read more about Sir Ken.

Jimmy Cricket talks about Sir Ken Dodd in the Catholic newspaper, The Universe

Former deputy headmaster Jim, who lived in North Lancashire, began his career as a stand-up comedian on the club circuit in the 1960s. He became a household name when he began presenting Bullseye in 1981. The Sunday tea time show ran for 14 years.

Jimmy tweeted: “So sad to hear of the passing of another legendary comic and game show host, my friend Jim Bowen, another ⭐️ star in heaven!”

Click here to watch Jimmy’s appearance on Bullseye.