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Irish comic set for hectic St Patrick’s Day period 150 150 mhamer

Irish comic set for hectic St Patrick’s Day period

St Patrick’s Day event set for repeat 150 150 mhamer

St Patrick’s Day event set for repeat

Jimmy with Clare Bowles and Marianne KavanaghA St Patrick’s Day event featuring famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket was so successful that he was immediately booked again for next year!

The Northern Irish comedian appeared at a specially arranged lunch for St Pat’s Day 2014, which was held at the iconic Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool.

Jimmy is pictured with Clare Bowles in the photograph below left and, right, both of them are joined by Marianne Kavanagh. The photos were posted by Clare on Facebook.

Jimmy Cricket with Clare BowlesThe event was organised by the Adelphi Hotel and because it went down so well, within 24 hours it was decided to have the same again for the 2015 St Patrick’s celebrations.

And for next year’s show they did not hesitate to rebook Jimmy as they had received so much interest from people for a repeat performance.

The Edwardian-style Adelphi hotel is internationally renowned and was the focus of the  fly-on-the-wall TV documentary series Hotel.

Appearing in Rochdale AFC’s fanzine 150 150 mhamer

Appearing in Rochdale AFC’s fanzine

Rochdale FC fanzine showing comedian Jimmy Cricket alongside the then manager Dave Sutton

Rochdale FC fanzine showing Jimmy Cricket alongside then manager Dave Sutton

Jimmy Cricket was reminded recently of the day he featured on the front page of the Rochdale Football Club fanzine.

It was in April 1997 when the famous Irish comedian appeared in a photograph alongside the then Rochdale FC manager Dave Sutton.

Jimmy has been a resident of the town of Rochdale for nearly 40 years and, like any other football fan, he has from time to time kept an eye on how his local team have been getting on.

This interest extended to him helping them out with a few initiatives back in the 1990s when the then commercial director – a charismatic man called Les Duckworth – was involved with the club  – and he and Jimmy got on really well.

Les’s dad had a music hall connection and Les was passionate about live theatre, which meant he and Jimmy has a lot in common.

As a result of this, Jimmy popped down to Rochdale to help Les out with the occasional fundraiser and presentation, and other initiatives at the club.

This even went as far Jimmy trying to record a comedy football song with the team though it did not go too well as the players’ collective singing ability was not as good as their performances on the pitch!

Jimmy also arranged a comedy five-a-side football match to take place during the half-time interval at one of the midweek matches.

When Les left the club, Jimmy’s association fell away, though he insists: “I was thrilled to see Rochdale at last get to Wembley a few ago when they reached the League Two play-off final.

“I hope that under Rochdale’s current manager, John Coleman, they have a successful season and bounce straight back into League One after last season’s relegation.”

Jimmy’s thanks go to Dale fan Chris Rodgers for sending in a copy of the front cover of the fanzine which is featured above

Headlining St Patrick’s Day show 150 150 mhamer

Headlining St Patrick’s Day show

Jimmy Cricket is featured in the Mill Rythe Holiday Village internal newspaper called The Guest

Jimmy Cricket is featured in the Mill Rythe Holiday Village internal newspaper called The Guest

Northern Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket already knows where he will be on St Patrick’s Day next year.

The famous funnyman appeared at the Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island near Portsmouth in Hampshire recently – and was immediately invited back.

He will perform over the weekend marking the 2013 St Pat’s celebrations at the holiday village, having been asked to headline the main show on 17 March itself!

Jimmy had a great reception for his recent show and was full of praise for Jack – the centre’s entertainments manager who provided great assistance to the comedian during his visit.

Mill Rythe used to be part of the Warner classic holiday villages network, but is now owned by the Away Resorts Company. They also own two other holiday centres  – at Whitecliff Bay on the Isle of Wight and Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire.

Night out with Ricky Tomlinson 150 150 mhamer

Night out with Ricky Tomlinson

Happy days... From left: Con, Ricky, Lauren, Maria and Jimmy

Happy days... From left: Con, Ricky, Lauren, Maria and Jimmy

Jimmy Cricket appeared at The Greenroom in Liverpool city centre as part of a St Patrick’s Day extravaganza on eve of the big day itself (16 March).

Ricky, Lauren and Jimmy

Ricky, Lauren and Jimmy

Also featured on this Irish-themed night of fun and frivolity was Con Cluskey from The Bachelors.

The Greenroom club on Duke Street is partly owned by famous comedian and actor Ricky Tomlinson.

Along with Jimmy, Ricky and Con on these pictures is Maria and her daughter Lauren – Maria and Jimmy share a good friend in John McArthy who was also at The Greenroom with his wife, Betty and daughter Erika.

Maria’s husband, Phil, is a DJ who goes around raising money for the local Liverpool Flame group which John McArthy helps to organise. The Flame Group sends disabled people over to Lourdes for Easter week from the Merseyside region.

Ricky, Maria and Jimmy

Ricky, Maria and Jimmy


Lauren and Jimmy

Lauren and Jimmy


Ricky with Lauren and Jimmy

Ricky with Lauren and Jimmy