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Triple header weekend in Wigan, Cannock and Birmingham 150 150 mhamer

Triple header weekend in Wigan, Cannock and Birmingham

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the show in Standish, Wigan

Famous Northern Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket had a busy weekend with three shows in three different counties.

The popular 72-year-old entertainer was in Greater Manchester on Friday night, Hednesford in Staffordshire on Saturday and then Sunday saw him performing in Birmingham, West Midlands.

Rochdale-based Jimmy was first at the Standish Unity Club in Wigan, before moving on to Hednesford Ex Serviceman’s Club in Cannock, – an event that had been rescheduled due to the bad weather.

The weekend was rounded off by a show at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, a charity evening in aid of Molly Olly’s Wishes.

Robbie Williams tribute singer Lee in Wigan show 150 150 mhamer

Robbie Williams tribute singer Lee in Wigan show

The Jimmy Cricket Laughter Show is at the Rose Club, Wigan on Saturday 22 AprilLegendary Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket will be joined on stage by one of Wigan’s major talents when he appears at the town’s Rose Club later this year. 

Crooner Lee Michaels (pictured below) will appear as part of Jimmy’s stand-up comedy show in April (right).

Jimmy, who is famed for his attire, footwear and always having a special letter from his Mammy, has not visited the Wigan area for several years.

He said: “I am really looking forward to visiting a town which holds many memories for me as during the heyday of clubland in the 1970s, I was a frequent visitor to the Wigan area as I developed my career.”

Lee has been singing and performing as a tribute to Robbie Williams for around 18 years. He has appeared at many distinguished venues across the country and has just finished a four-week stint over the Christmas season on board a cruise ship with a big band which toured around the Baltic region.
He said: “It will be a real thrill to appear on the same stage with such a wonderful comedian like Jimmy Cricket. He has had a hugely successful career out of making people laugh over so many decades and he still continues to be a very funny man.

“We touched base last year and explored whether we could work together in one of my local venues in Wigan. When I suggested the Rose Club, everything seemed to click into place nicely and it’s been great to be able to make this show happen featuring the both of us!”

Lee Michaels is a Robbie Williams tribute act

Kim Dixon from Rose Leisure said: “We at the Rose Club are delighted to be hosting such a well-known and much-loved comedian as Jimmy Cricket.

“It is also great we have a local connection on the show with such a talented singer as Lee and this will offer a great evening of entertainment at our venue.”

Jimmy, 71, added: “When Lee approached me about doing a show together in his local area, I thought this was a great opportunity as it is about time I returned to Wigan!

“I am also delighted the show is to be so affordable at a tenner per ticket. This is because I know how increasingly expensive it can be to go out anywhere, so hopefully this will appeal to anyone who wants to come along for an evening full of giggles and to get away from the telly!”

The Jimmy Cricket Laughter Show is at the Rose Club, Wigan on Saturday 22 April. Performance time is 7.30pm. The show will feature Jimmy, alongside his special guest Lee Michaels and the female vocalist May Marion. Tickets are priced at £10 and can be purchased from the Rose Club on 01942 256903 or via the club’s website at

Award for 22-year-old with ‘miraculous talent’ 150 150 mhamer

Award for 22-year-old with ‘miraculous talent’

Jimmy Cricket awards the Golden Wellington to Martin Finn, whose dad John watches on

Jimmy gives the Golden Wellington award to Martin as dad John watches

A young man described as having “remarkable ability” by famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket is the May winner of the Golden Wellington award.

Martin Finn,  from Atherton near Wigan in Greater Manchester, is  22 years old and suffers from autism, a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people.

Jimmy said: “Martin’s condition is so significant that it prevents him from speaking in sentences.

“However, he has a miraculous talent of not only being able to remember song lyrics after listening to them, but a tremendous vocal gift of being able to sing these songs with great prowess.”

When Jimmy heard about Martin, he invited him to one of his jam nights at St Vincent’s RC parish centre in Norden, Rochdale.

Martin not only wowed everyone present during the evening with his great singing talent, but Jimmy used the opportunity to present him with the Golden Wellington monthly award.

Jimmy added: “There has been much recent interest in Martin. As his parents originally hail from the Ireland, he is about to appear on RTE – Ireland’s national TV channel – and in particular on their flagship chat show called The Late Late Show [the longest-running programme of its kind in the world].

“There is also a fundraising quest currently active to raise enough money for Martin to record his own CD.”

‘Nice to be friends on Facebook’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Nice to be friends on Facebook’

Jimmy and Gary Winstanley at Whelley Labour Club in Wigan

Jimmy and Gary Winstanley at Whelley Labour Club in Wigan

Jimmy Cricket has been emailed this picture by Gary Winstanley.

It was taken at Whelley Labour club in Wigan where the famous Irish entertainer performed a few years ago.

Gary says: “Not sure of the exact date now, but I think it was 2008. It was a great night and a pleasure to meet you.

“Nice to be friends on Facebook. Keep up the good work.”