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Thanks for great gig & hospitality in Guernsey 150 150 mhamer

Thanks for great gig & hospitality in Guernsey

A big thank you to Ken Smith and his lovely wife Julia and family @WaysideCheer , (home of the Cabaret entertainment on the Island for decades), for the great gig and for their hospitality and my thanks to David and his Beach Cafe for our light lunches!

Jimmy Cricket and his wife May had another successful and enjoyable visit to the island of Guernsey.

The beautiful island of Guernsey

Famous entertainer Jimmy, 73, performed over Easter at the Wayside Cheer Hotel, which is owned by Guernsey entrepreneur Ken Smith.

Jimmy has appeared several times in the past at the hotel, which is located on the bay of Grandes Rocques, the other side of the island from the capital, St Peter Port.

He posted on social media afterwards: “A big thank you to Ken Smith and his lovely wife Julia and family @WaysideCheer, (home of the Cabaret entertainment on the Island for decades), for the great gig and for their hospitality and my thanks to David and his Beach Cafe for our light lunches!聽馃幁

 

Guernsey hotel: Easter shows are both sellouts 150 150 mhamer

Guernsey hotel: Easter shows are both sellouts

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the Wayside Cheer Hotel in Guernsey

Jimmy Cricket enjoyed two fantastic Easter shows at the Wayside Cheer Hotel on the island of Guernsey.

The famous entertainer’s聽appearances on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday were both in front of packed houses at the hotel, which is聽owned by local Guernsey entrepreneur Ken Smith.

The beautiful island of Guernsey

Jimmy has appeared on the island on several occasions in the past and every visit has聽been promoted by Ken.聽This latest trip was for the 71-year-old comedian to present his stand-up comedy show.

The hotel is located on the bay of Grandes Rocques, which is on the other side of the island from the capital St Peter Port.

Jimmy said: “I am a huge fan of Guernsey and always enjoy my trips to the island.

“And given the fact my first scheduled appearance for Easter Saturday sold so well that an additional show had to be arranged for the following night, it all made the trip on this occasion even more magical for me!”

The Wayside Cheer Hotel in Guernsey

Guernsey: Extra show for the Wayside Cheer Hotel 150 150 mhamer

Guernsey: Extra show for the Wayside Cheer Hotel

Jimmy Cricket will be appearing at the Wayside Cheer Hotel on Guernsey at Easter

An extra show has been added for Jimmy Cricket鈥檚 Easter weekend visit to Guernsey – by popular demand!

There has been such a level of interest in his appearance at the Wayside Cheer Hotel on Saturday 15 April that it is now virtually sold out, so with still six weeks to go an extra show has been added on to Jimmy鈥檚 schedule.

It means the famous entertainer, 71, is now due聽to perform聽not just on Easter Saturday, but also following night as well at the same venue.

Jimmy has not been on the island for more than five years when he was last at the Wayside Cheer Hotel.

A radio advert has been produced for this additional second show with all the details of where to book tickets included – it can be heard at聽https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LenD5RlsqeE

Guernsey event will be a part of Easter mini-break 150 150 mhamer

Guernsey event will be a part of Easter mini-break

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, folks! 150 150 mhamer

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, folks!

Jimmy Cricket's Christmas card features new US president Donald TrumpDear readers,

I cannot believe 2016 is coming to an end and the Christmas season is once more upon us.

This year has been a fantastic one for me personally as it all started back in January with a service led by the Bishop of Salford to formally award me with my Papal Knighthood.

During the year I have also been fortunate to have:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Been involved in some great shows, such as the You Must Be Joking, which toured Northern Ireland back in the spring, and the opening weekend of The Good Old Days autumn season at the world-famous City Varieties Theatre in Leeds

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Made a couple of appearances alongside my friend Tony Crane and the iconic 60s band The Merseybeats

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Had trips to Spain to appear in some lovely venues around the Costa Blanca region

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Paid visits to the Warner Leisuresites at Nidd Hall in Harrogate and Bembridge on the Isle of Wight

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Did a spring season at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Continued to write a monthly column in the Preston-based聽Lancashire Evening Post

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 And managed, at long last, to launch a new Christmas CD for the Francis House Children鈥檚 Hospice – a project I鈥檝e been wanting to get off the ground for a couple of years. As I write this, I am nearing sales of more than 1,300 from this year鈥檚 festive period.

This Christmas I am at the White Rose Theatre in Leeds featuring in a panto production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

And then when we get into 2017, I immediately fly off to Tenerife for an appearance there early in the New Year!

And there鈥檚 more…

… Other highlights for 2017 include a return to the Benidorm Palace in March alongside Gerry and the Pacemakers; another residency back at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool over the winter, spring and the autumn; teaming up with my pals from 聽show band group聽Clubsound for a night聽in Northern Ireland In April; a visit to the Wayside Cheer Hotel in Guernsey over the Easter weekend; a voyage with Cruise & Maritime Voyages around the Faroe Islands in July; and plenty more to keep me out of mischief!

If you see me advertised at any venue near you in 2017, please do come along and say ‘Hi’!

That reminds me… can I thank all those who over the last year have either seen one of my shows, or browsed this website, or bought one of my CDs or DVDs.

All that remains for me to say, dear readers, is have a happy Christmas and a great start to the New Year!

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Jimmy Cricket’s 2017 schedule includes Tenerife & Guernsey trips 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket’s 2017 schedule includes Tenerife & Guernsey trips

We may only be in the autumn of 2016, but famous comedian Jimmy Cricket already has some exciting plans lined up for next year.

The Wayside Cheer Hotel in Guernsey

His schedule early in 2017 will include some overseas trips, which he says he is “especially looking forward to”.

After concluding his pantomime commitments in Leeds city centre (he聽will be the special guest in a seasonal production of the classic聽fairytale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the White Rose Theatre), the 70-year-old entertainer will be in聽Tenerife at the start of the year.

He flies off to the Canary Island where on Thursday 12聽January he will appear at the SkyBar. Tickets are already mostly sold out, but for more information please visit here.

Jimmy Cricket will be appearing at the Skybar in Tenerife

Then at Easter, Jimmy will visit the Channel Islands and the beautiful location of Guernsey where he returns to the Wayside Cheer Hotel (above right).

This is a venue owned by Jimmy鈥檚 friend, Ken Smith, and he has appeared there several times in the past, but it has been a few years since his last visit. Jimmy鈥檚 appearance will be on Easter Saturday 聽(15聽April). More information can be found at the Wayside Cheer Hotel 聽website.

And聽the Belfast-born comic聽will be returning to the world of cruise ships during the summer of 2017 when he stars in shows聽on an Irish-themed voyage for Cruise & Maritime Voyages.

Jimmy鈥檚 on-board stay will be during their Scottish Highlands and Faroe Islands voyage scheduled for a week during July. For聽more information go to their website here.

And he聽expects to be doing more overseas trips in聽the autumn of next year too, so continue to watch this space!

Tiniest chapel in the world? 150 150 mhamer

Tiniest chapel in the world?

Jimmy and May visited the Little Chapel

Jimmy and May visited The Little Chapel

Comedian Jimmy Cricket and his wife May visited one of the world’s smallest chapels on a visit to Guernsey.

Jimmy was appearing at the Wayside Cheer Hotel on the island in a show promoted by his good friend Ken Smith, whom he has known for some time.

Ken has been promoting shows for years on the island. His favourite venue is the Wayside Cheer Hotel, even to the point where he decided to purchase it as a going concern when it went up for sale a couple of years ago.

Jimmy and May stayed for a few days at the Wayside Cheer Hotel after the show and had a terrific time on the island.

Jimmy performed in the function room at the Wayside Cheer Hotel

Function room at the Wayside Cheer Hotel

During the visit Jimmy was invited out to lunch by Carol Carlile. Carol wanted to show her appreciation to him as a thank-you for him writing a sympathetic letter to her after the death of her mum, Ivy, in 2010.聽The letter was read out at Ivy鈥檚 funeral.

Jimmy enjoyed eating at the Wayside Cheer Hotel on Guernsey

Jimmy enjoyed eating at the Wayside Cheer Hotel

After lunch, Carol took Jimmy and May on a tour which included The Little Chapel聽on Guernsey.

The official website for The Little Chapel says: “A work of art and a labour of love, The Little Chapel is possibly the smallest chapel in the world.

“It was built by Brother D茅odat who started work in March 1914. His plan was to create a miniature version of the famous grotto and basilica at Lourdes in France. Guardianship of The Little Chapel now rests with Blanchelande Girls College which is run by a Charitable Trust.

“The Little Chapel is beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china and the College has an ongoing programme of repairs and improvements.”

A torchlight procession at The Little Chapel takes place at dusk on the Feast of the Assumption and the Stations of the Cross are said on the first Monday in May each year.

Jimmy and May with Carol Carlile and her husband Mark

Jimmy and May with Carol Carlile and her husband Mark