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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.

 

Lockdown lament: I’m all dressed up to stay in! 150 150 mhamer

Lockdown lament: I’m all dressed up to stay in!

Jimmy Cricket's lockdown lament

A dapper-dressed Jimmy Cricket has posted a poignantly funny lockdown lament on social media.

The famous comedian produced the video as part of his We’re doing this together series.

He published his rhyming lament on both Twitter and Facebook, where it has had several thousand views.

Jimmy, 74, is dressed in a smart dinner jacket and bow tie.

He begins and ends his poetic lament by saying: “I’m all dressed up to stay in!”

Watch Jimmy’s lament in full here

‘Big huddle’

For the past six weeks, Jimmy has been sending all his fans and friends daily togetherness messages via video as the world fights coronavirus.

Jimmy Cricket's self-isolating message just before the start of the lockdown

The UK government announced on 24 March it was imposing strict new curbs on life in the UK.

Jimmy posted his first video on social media two days earlier with the message: “We can do this together!”

He told a few jokes in the clip and urges people to help each other in these tough times.

He said: “Once we get though this, at the end of the tunnel, we’ll all have a great big huddle together.”

A nationwide round of applause has been taking place at 8pm every Thursday since the start of the lockdown.

The aim is to show gratitude to the NHS staff and key workers.

Also read: Coronavirus pandemic: We can do this together!

 

 

Regular Twitter jokes told on video during coronavirus pandemic 150 150 mhamer

Regular Twitter jokes told on video during coronavirus pandemic

My thanks to @KatieMulg whose idea this was to turn my regular Twitter jokes to live performance during these tough times!Jimmy Cricket is telling his daily jokes on video clips rather than by text during the coronavirus pandemic.

The famous Northern Irish funnyman has been performing daily as part of a “we can do this together” series.

The 74-year-old entertainer explained it was his daughter, comedian Katie Mulgrew, who came up with the suggestion.

He said on social media: “My thanks to @KatieMulg whose idea this was to turn my regular Twitter jokes to live performance during these tough times!”

Watch Jimmy perform his Twitter jokes and read all his regular postings here.

Around 1.5 million confirmed cases of the illness – also known as Covid-19 – have been confirmed globally, with about 90,000 deaths.

The UK government announced last month it was imposing strict new curbs on life in the UK.

A while back, Jimmy sent all his fans and friends a togetherness message via video.

Jimmy Cricket has sent all his fans and friends a "together message" via video as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic.

Jimmy posted the clip on social media with the message: “We can do this together!”

He told a few jokes in the video and urged people to help each other in these tough times.

“Once we get though this, at the end of the tunnel, we’ll all have a great big huddle together,” he added.

Fr Frankie Mulgrew, Jimmy’s younger son, is getting around the coronavirus pandemic by having Mass videoed.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have said public liturgies should cease until further notice because of coronavirus.

Many churches are getting around the problem by streaming their services online.

Here in this link you can join Fr Frankie @St . James and All Souls Parish's broadcast: 10 am Mass 22nd of March 2020 at Salford (churches have been closed for services over the coronavirus)

Fr Frankie is the parish priest at St James and All Souls in Pendleton, Salford.

Also read: Fr Frankie’s Masses go online

 

Coronavirus pandemic: ‘We can do this together!’ 150 150 mhamer

Coronavirus pandemic: ‘We can do this together!’

Jimmy Cricket has sent all his fans and friends a "together message" via video as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic.Jimmy Cricket has begun sending all his fans and friends daily togetherness message via video as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic.

Around 340,000 confirmed cases of the illness – also known as Covid-19 – have been confirmed globally, with about 15,000 deaths.

The UK government has just announced it is imposing strict new curbs on life in the UK.

Jimmy posted the first video on social media with the message: “We can do this together!”

He tells a few jokes in the clip and urges people to help each other in these tough times.

He says: “Once we get though this, at the end of the tunnel, we’ll all have a great big huddle together.”

Fr Frankie Mulgrew, Jimmy’s younger son, is getting around the coronavirus pandemic by having Mass videoed.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have said public liturgies should cease until further notice because of the coronavirus.

Many churches are getting around the problem by streaming their services online.

Here in this link you can join Fr Frankie @St . James and All Souls Parish's broadcast: 10 am Mass 22nd of March 2020 at Salford (churches have been closed for services over the coronavirus)

Fr Frankie is the parish priest at St James and All Souls in Pendleton, Salford.

He filmed Mass on Sunday 22 March and dad Jimmy posted the video on his Twitter page.

Jimmy, 74, tweeted: “At this unprecedented time when Sunday Worship is on hold in Churches up and down the Country, here in this link you can join Fr Frankie at St James and All Souls Parish’s broadcast 10 am Mass 22nd of March 2020 at Salford.”

‘What a fantastic idea!’

A nationwide round of applause will take place on Thursday 26 March.

The aim is to show gratitude to the NHS staff working tirelessly during the pandemic, also known as COVID-19.

Organisers of Clap for our Carers are asking everyone who can to clap at 8pm wherever they are, assuming they are at a safe distance from others as instructed by the government.

Comedian Jimmy said: “What a fantastic idea! Me and Mrs C. will be applauding at our front door!”

David and Victoria Beckham are other celebrities reported to be backing the campaign.

Numerous stars went to their Instagram page to encourage their fans to support the NHS.

Also read: Fr Frankie’s Masses go online

A nationwide round of applause will be taking place on Thursday 26 March to how gratitude to the NHS staff working tirelessly during the pandemic

Sharing some nostalgia on my great friend Phyllis 150 150 mhamer

Sharing some nostalgia on my great friend Phyllis

Sharing some nostalgia here with my great friend and personal manager Phylis Rounce who was with me when Variety was King on Television and out there with live performance!

Jimmy Cricket has been reminiscing on social media with some photographs relating to theatrical agent Phyllis Rounce.

In addition to managing Jimmy, Phyllis also looked after the careers of other stars such as Rod Hull and Emu, and Tony Hancock.

Hull was a comedian, best known as a popular entertainer on British television in the 1970s and 1980s. He rarely appeared without Emu, a mute, highly aggressive arm-length puppet modelled on the Australian flightless emu bird.

Hancock was a high-profile comedian and actor during the 1950s and early 1960s, enjoying major success with his BBC series Hancock’s Half Hour, first broadcast on radio and then on television.

Famous entertainer Jimmy posted the pictures above recently, adding: “Sharing some nostalgia here with my great friend and personal manager Phyllis Rounce who was with me when Variety was King on Television and out there with live performance!”

Speaking in his monthly column in the Lancashire Evening Post last summer, Jimmy said that Phyllis – known as Phil to her friends – was an “exceptional manager who went the extra mile for her artistes”.

He described her as “one of the all-time great theatrical agents in the world of showbusiness”.

A Merry Christmas from Jimmy and Mrs Cricket! 150 150 mhamer

A Merry Christmas from Jimmy and Mrs Cricket!

My Christmas card 2018, wishing all my social media friends a Merry Christmas ? with Love and Best Wishes from me and Mrs C.

Jimmy Cricket has sent seasonal greetings from himself and his wife May to all his social media followers.

The famous entertainer posted a goodwill message on both his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

His Twitter posting read: “My Christmas card 2018, wishing all my Twitter friends a Merry Christmas ? with Love and Best Wishes from me and Mrs C. x”

BBC Pebble Mill at One – images from 1996 show 150 150 mhamer

BBC Pebble Mill at One – images from 1996 show

Pebble Mill from March 1996 - @TheRossKing welcomes (amongst others) Jimmy @jimmy__cricket and The Barron Knights

Jimmy Cricket had a trip down memory lane recently when he was reminded of his appearance on BBC’s Pebble Mill at One more than 22 years ago.

The famous comedian appeared on the show, hosted by Ross King, along with The Barron Knights, a British humorous pop group, originally formed in 1959 in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

Pebble Mill at One was a live daily chat show broadcast on weekdays at 1pm on BBC One, screened from 2 October 1972 to 23 May 1986 and again from 20 October 1991 to 25 May 1996.

It was transmitted from the Pebble Mill studios at BBC Birmingham, being hosted unusually from the centre’s main foyer area, rather than a conventional television studio.

It was a posting on social media channel Twitter, which provided the flashback for Jimmy.

The tweet, from Dame Agnes Guano (@agnes_guano), said:  “Pebble Mill from March 1996 – welcomes (amongst others) Jimmy and The Barron Knights.”

Ross King MBE is a Scottish television presenter, actor and writer best known for being LA Correspondent for ITV  breakfast programmes Lorraine and Good Morning Britain. He hosted Pebble Mill at One for five years.