My visit to Ruby Murray mural on eve of Newry show
Jimmy Cricket went to see a mural of an old friend – Ruby Murray – when he returned to the Emerald Isle recently.
The popular entertainer was in his birth city of Belfast preparing to appear in the You Must Be Joking show at Newry Town Hall.
The night before the performance, he went with John Linehan, aka May McFettridge, to look at the mural (above) on the Donegall Road.
Ruby was a Northern Irish singer and actress. She was one of the most popular singers in the British Isles in the 1950s, having several hits in the UK Singles.
In March 1955, she made pop chart history by having five singles in the Top Twenty in one week.
Jimmy said: “I had the great pleasure of knowing Ruby when she lived down in Torquay, Devon. Mrs C and myself shared many a laugh with this great lady of song!”
Added Jimmy: “My thanks to #DavidHullPromotions for all the hospitality yesterday while doing the show with John, Gene, George and Ivan on keyboards, it was very much appreciated! 🎭”
David Hull Promotions, one of Northern Ireland’s leading Entertainment Agencies for over 30 years, co-produced the performance.
The show was part of lur Cinn Fleadh, an annual traditional Irish music and community festival in Newry City, County Down.
It took place from 5–8 September in various venues.
May McFettridge is known as Northern Ireland’s very own queen of comedy.
She has earned a special place in the hearts of audiences young and old alike with her distinctive brand of affectionate but well-aimed gibes and witticisms.
May has been the Panto Dame in the Grand Opera House Belfast for almost 30 years.