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Skegness reunion for Jimmy, Theo & Wendy 150 150 mhamer

Skegness reunion for Jimmy, Theo & Wendy

Jimmy with Theo the Mouse and Wendy

Jimmy Cricket met up again with TV characters Wendy Abrahams and Theo The Mouse when they all featured in a summer season spectacle at the beginning of August at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness, Lincolnshire.

The show was part of a series of summer performances at the theatre, which also featured Anita Harris, Stu Francis and The Bachelors (see poster below).

Sunday night Startime at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness starred Jimmy Cricket, Anita Harris, The Bachelors, Theo The Mouse and Wendy

The Embassy Theatre line-up was produced by the theatre impresario Mark Andrews.

Although well-known entertainer Jimmy only headlined the first production, all three evenings featured Wendy, who features in CITV’s Sooty Show, and Theo The Mouse, a children’s character created by Wink Taylor. 

Wendy’s partner, Wink, helps out with Theo The Mouse and is also heavily involved with the latest television version of Sooty, which is broadcast on weekend mornings on ITV1.

Northern Irish comedian Jimmy also met Theo and Wendy when he appeared at St David’s Hall in Cardiff, South Wales, towards the backend of last year.

The Facebook page for Theo The Mouse can be found here.

Visit from Theo the Mouse & Wendy 150 150 mhamer

Visit from Theo the Mouse & Wendy

Jimmy Cricket with Theo The Mouse at St David's Hall in Cardiff

Jimmy and children’s character Theo the Mouse enjoy some comedy capers at St David’s Hall in Cardiff

Jimmy Cricket had some special visitors when he appeared at St David’s Hall in Cardiff, South Wales.

The famous funnyman was visited before the show by Theo the Mouse and Wendy.

Wendy features in CITV’s Sooty Show and Theo the Mouse is a children’s character created by Wink Taylor, who has written for both the Sooty Show and the Basil Brush show.

Jimmy said: “I enjoyed the visit and my capers with Theo, and wish both of them all the best with their forthcoming Pantomime – Cinderella at the Leatherhead Theatre in Surrey.”

Watch video of Jimmy being interviewed by Wendy and Theo the Mouse.

‘Hit for six by star comic’s latest reinvention’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Hit for six by star comic’s latest reinvention’

South Wales Argus article about Jimmy Cricket

Jimmy Cricket and his wellies had them laughing in the Valleys recently.

The famous Irish comedian performed at Pontypool Park in Pontypool, south Wales, in mid-August.

A feature all about Jimmy and his successful showbiz career appeared in the South Wales Argus a week before the show.

The newspaper article began… If you were a keen viewer of comedy sketch shows in the 1980s, the name Jimmy Cricket stirs up many a comical image.

Remembered for reading humorous letters from his “mammy” while sporting an out-of-shape hat, a dinner jacket matched with a pair of cut-off evening trousers and a trademark pair of wrongly matched wellies clearly marked “L” and “R”, Jimmy was loved by young and old alike for his numerous TV and radio appearances.

The Irish-born comedian’s training ground stretches back to the 1960s when he was a redcoat in Butlins holiday camps organising everything from darts matches to hula-hoop contests.

“Looking back, it’s like what young people do for these performance degrees,” he says.

“I suppose the holiday camps were a bit like that because you learned how to project to the back of the theatre and to put stage make up on. It held me in great stead for pantomime and things like that…”

Grand National dinner with the Lions 150 150 mhamer

Grand National dinner with the Lions

Jimmy Cricket and Tim Vaughan were special guests at the celebration evening

Jimmy Cricket and Tim Vaughan were special guests at the celebration evening

An Irish comedian and a horse racing trainer were, fittingly, the special guests at a sportsman’s dinner in Liverpool during Grand National week.

Funnyman Jimmy Cricket and Tim Vaughan, a National Hunt trainer, appeared at the annual fundraising event hosted by the City of Liverpool Lions Club.

This year the dinner was staged at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool.

Jimmy says: “The organiser was Dave Scott and it was a very professionally run event which raised bundles of money for the Lions’ charitable causes they support.

“During the dinner Tim, an up-and-coming trainer on the National Hunt scene, mentioned that he was aiming for his 100th winner of the season.

“He did provide a tip to the assembled guests at the dinner. This referred to one of the horses which he trains. The tip was for the first race the next day at Newton Abbot and although the horse, Wicklewood, started as one of the favourites, unfortunately it trailed in sixth!”

The City of Liverpool Lions organised the fund-raising event

However, there was a happy ending for Vaughan whose Pant Wilkin stables are based in Aberthin, Cowbridge, South Wales – Saint Are won at Aintree’s Grand National meeting for the second year in a row to give him his 100th winner.

The City of Liverpool Lions Club, which is celebrating its Golden Jubilee during the 2011-2012 year, organise a series of fundraising projects each year which enables its members to make welcome donations to various charities and other worthwhile causes.