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The Big Issue’s summer special features celebs 150 150 mhamer

The Big Issue’s summer special features celebs

Jimmy Cricket features in the summertime special of The Big Issue

Jimmy Cricket is among a host of famous entertainers – described as “old-school greats” – to feature in the summertime edition of The Big Issue.

Others include Cannon and Ball, the Chuckle Brothers, Sue Pollard from Hi-de-Hi!, Bernie Clifton and Joe Pasquale.

The Big Issue is a street newspaper founded by John Bird and Gordon Roddick in September 1991 and published on four continents. It is written by professional journalists and sold by individuals.

Its charitable foundation helps enable people who are homeless take control of their lives and earn a legitimate income.

Paul McNamee, editor of The Big Issue, posted on Twitter: “Very excited by our Summer Special, featuring old school greats including , Bernie Clifton, Chuckle Brothers & Sooty. What are you waiting for?

Mr McNamee is the first editor to manage The Big Issue across all national and regional editions as well as online.

A regular media commentator, he has been named Editor of the Year three times by PPA Scotland, and was named British Editor of The Year in 2013 and 2016 by the BSME (British Society of Magazine Editors).

 

Jimmy’s LEP column: My tribute to a great agent 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy’s LEP column: My tribute to a great agent

Jimmy Cricket's June column in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket has been paying tribute to “one of the all-time great theatrical agents” in his latest column in the Lancashire Evening Post.

The 72-year-old comedian recalls the career of Phyllis Rounce, who also managed the likes of Rod Hull and Emu, and Tony Hancock.

Rod 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.

Jimmy said Phyllis – who was known as Phil to her friends – was an “exceptional manager who went the extra mile for her artistes”.

He added that she “had a love affair with showbusiness that started during the Second World War.

“She realised the part entertainment could play in boosting soldiers’ morale and keeping their spirits up on the way to the front.

“How lucky was I to be guided by a lady with such a caring nature and such creative vision.”

On social media channel Twitter, Jimmy said the June column in the Preston-based LEP was his “dedication and tribute to one of the all-time great theatrical agents in the world of showbusiness”.

A reunion of old friends at the Lyndene Hotel 150 150 mhamer

A reunion of old friends at the Lyndene Hotel

Great to catch up with old friends @LyndeneHotel with Frankie who was a Redcoat with me, Mal Ford got up for a song, alongside Mal Dixon, star from films Star Wars, Harry Potter, Willy Wonky, etc, with his lovely wife Anita and Lyall, (magician)Jimmy Cricket enjoyed a reunion with some old pals at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool where he has been performing regularly over the past few years.

Among those the famous comedian caught up with recently was actor Malcolm Dixon, who played a character in Star Wars, and his wife Anita.

Star Wars is an American epic space movie franchise based on the series created by George Lucas. It depicts the adventures of various characters “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”.

Malcolm played Leektar in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.

Jimmy posted on Twitter: Great to catch up with old friends with Frankie who was a Redcoat with me, Mal Ford got up for a song, alongside Mal Dixon, star from films Star Wars, Harry Potter, Willy Wonky, etc, with his lovely wife Anita and Lyall, (magician).

And there’s more… Twitter jokes from Jimmy 150 150 mhamer

And there’s more… Twitter jokes from Jimmy

Jimmy Cricket on Twitter

Jimmy Cricket, the well-known Northern Irish comedian, regularly uses social media to tell some of his famous one-liners.

And here is a selection of some he has posted on Twitter over the past few months.

Come closer folks… so I’m looking at a shrivelled-up fried egg on my plate and I’m thinking, you’re not what you’re cracked up to be!

They keep putting up give way signs. Where will it all end?

My uncle Patrick has fallen on his feet. He’s got a painting and decorating shop and he’s now selling Brexit wallpaper… it’s got a soft border!

People have their time in history. For instance, Alexander Graham Bell invented the phone, but if Thomas Edison hadn’t invented the light bulb before him he wouldn’t have been able to find it.

I’ve just been offered a job advertising sleeping bags… it’s all very hush hush at the moment.

So I said to Mrs Cricket:  Why do we need a new vacuum cleaner?” She said: “‘Cause the old one sucks!”

It was pouring down when we got to the pet shop yesterday. In fact, it was raining cats and dogs and guinea pigs!

I’ve got a bump on my head. It’s my own fault for trying to swim in the bath!

I love Dr Billy Graham’s quote about Heaven: “When they say I’ve died, don’t believe them. I haven’t died. I’ve just changed address.”

My cousin Rufus has got the sack from his job as a railway station master because of a complaint from a lady train driver… she said he’s been sending out the wrong signals!

Read more of Jimmy’s jokes and keep up to date with everything he’s doing at https://twitter.com/jimmy__cricket

‘Wonderful cake’ from my Facebook friend Julie 150 150 mhamer

‘Wonderful cake’ from my Facebook friend Julie

Jimmy Cricket posted on Facebook: "Big thanks to my Facebook friend Julie Dolphin for this wonderful cake she made and presented to me"

Jimmy Cricket was presented with a special cake at a show in Staffordshire.

The famous entertainer was performing at Hednesford Ex Serviceman’s Club in Cannock – an event that had been rescheduled due to the bad weather earlier in the year.

And afterwards, the comedian posted on Twitter: “Great night at “The Soldiers Club”, Hednesford, with organiser Chris Warsop with the fabulous band called ”Touch”, with big thanks to my Facebook friend Julie Dolphin for this wonderful cake she made and presented to me!”

‘Super, smashing, great’ – fond tribute to Jim Bowen 150 150 mhamer

‘Super, smashing, great’ – fond tribute to Jim Bowen

Jim Bowen - picture courtesy of the Westmorland Gazette

Jimmy Cricket could not be at the funeral of his late friend Jim Bowen – but paid tribute to him on Twitter.

Broadcaster and comedian Jim, best known for hosting darts-based game show Bullseye in the 1980s and ’90s, died on 14 March at the age of 80.

And Jimmy posted a link to a story about Jim on social media, saying: “For those who like me, who sadly missed the funeral of the great comic/host Jim Bowen here is a dedication to the day!”

The article, in the Westmorland Gazette, said: “Family and friends said their last goodbyes to north Lancashire broadcaster and comedian Jim Bowen at Beetham Hall Crematorium in the South Lakeland Countryside.

“Mr Bowen, who was best known as the host of darts-based game show Bullseye in the 1980s and 1990s, used to live in a now-disused Victorian house at the old railway station in Arkholme and was a former owner of the village’s Redwell Inn.”

A statement posted by the official Bullseye Facebook page said: ‘The celebration of Jim’s life was attended by close family and friends and was a heartwarming, loving and incredibly moving send off for Jim.

Jimmy Cricket welcomes news on Sir Ken Dodd 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket welcomes news on Sir Ken Dodd

Jimmy Cricket pays tribute to Sir Ken Dodd

Jimmy Cricket has expressed his delight at the news that close friend and fellow comedian Sir Ken Dodd has returned home after six weeks of treatment for a severe chest infection.

The 90-year-old funnyman, whose great career spans seven decades, was admitted to Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital on 12 January, but left on Tuesday surrounded by his Diddymen.

And Jimmy said on social media channel Twitter: “So good to see Sir Kenneth coming out of hospital yesterday with his Diddy Men by his side.

“I’m sure he’ll go from to strength to strength and it won’t be long before he’ll be treading the boards again, waving his tickling stick and filling us all full of plumpsishness.”

Jimmy is pictured above paying tribute to Sir Ken (far right) when he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award last year.