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A return to reopened theatre in Felixstowe 150 150 mhamer

A return to reopened theatre in Felixstowe

The Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe

Jimmy Cricket completed the August Bank Holiday period with a visit to the Suffolk coastal town of Felixstowe, where he presented his stand-up comedy show at The Spa Pavilion performing arts theatre.

Having appeared in a marquee at a West Midlands festival the previous night, this was a return to a more conventional venue for Jimmy – one he has visited many times over the years.

In fact, this particular theatre unfortunately went through a difficult period only a short time ago, as the local council decided to close it when it was no longer deemed to be a viable facility to support.

Poster showing Jimmy Cricket at The Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe

However, a local business consortium came together to present a community-focused case to reopen the theatre.

The council granted them permission to take over The Spa Pavilion and this allowed the theatre to successfully re-emerge from its period of closure and be relaunched at the end of last year.

As this was Jimmy’s first visit to the theatre after its reopening, he was heartened by the crowd that came to see the show and the warm reception he received.

Jimmy, 70, said: “I hope the theatre is able to become financially more healthy in the future as it attempts to re-invigorate  itself for the local population and the surrounding areas.”

One hundred events to celebrate 100 years 150 150 mhamer

One hundred events to celebrate 100 years

Jimmy and May Cricket with musicians at the centenary event

Jimmy and May Cricket with musicians at the centenary event

Jimmy Cricket appeared at an evening to mark the centenary anniversary of the opening of an Edwardian picture house in Suffolk.

The charming Leiston Film Theatre has celebrated 100 years by staging 12 months of special events, which have all been arranged by the venue’s manager Wayne Burns (below right).

The theatre has even welcomed royalty during 2014, as the Duke of Gloucester paid a visit there a few days after famous entertainer Jimmy attended his event.Jimmy Cricket and others at the centenary event at Leiston Film Theatre

Mr Burn’s target was for the theatre to host 100 special events over the course of its centenary year.

The fund-raising dinner attended by Jimmy was part of the schedule of 100 events and was held at the nearby Thorpeness Country Club.

Jimmy was there with his good lady, May, to support and endorse the theatre as a delightful live entertainment venue and hoping for another successful 100 years!

Jimmy, May and others at the centenary event at Leiston Film Theatre

Jimmy, May and others at the centenary event

‘A true entertainer’ 150 150 mhamer

‘A true entertainer’

With Jimmy Cricket at The Seagull are, from left: Marion, Front of House Manager, Ian, one of the directors, and three great volunteers who help to keep the theatre running – Ken, Malcolm and Andy

With Jimmy Cricket at The Seagull are, from left: Marion, Front of House Manager, Ian, one of the directors, and three great volunteers who help to keep the theatre running – Ken, Malcolm and Andy

Jimmy Cricket paid a visit to the Suffolk coast for a show on Saturday February 18.

The well-known Irish comic appeared in front of a large audience at The Seagull Community Interest Theatre in Lowestoft.

Jimmy is pictured above with friends of the theatre.

Since 18 February, Jimmy’s family have been contacted by Tina and Peter Goodall who were at the show.

They said: “What a brilliant night it was, my husband and I laughed all evening. We will definitely be watching out for the show to be in the area again in the future. We travel around a lot in our motorhome so it doesn’t have to be near Norwich, our home city.

“We were lucky enough to be able to speak to Jimmy in the interval and I was amazed and lost for words when at the end of the evening as we were leaving he remembered our names.

“It would have been understandable that he perhaps remembered mine as I was squeaking having lost my voice over three weeks previously but he remembered my husband’s too and for that we will never forget what a lovely man he is.

“He asked me to let him know when my voice is back but sadly that’s not yet. I lost it once before and it was like this for a year and two weeks. Hope he’s not holding his breath haha.

“We love the dvd and I’ve asked my son to buy the letters from me mammy for me for mothers day.

“Anyway, please thank him from Peter and myself for being a true entertainer. It was so refreshing to not hear swearing which spoils the comedy for us.”

Jimmy Cricket and Tina Goodall

Jimmy Cricket and Tina Goodall