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X Factor winner Steve Brookstein, The McCoys rock band and a nostalgic return to the 1970s

Such a great night, lastnight at Porthcawl's Trecco Bay Holiday Park's Golden Ticket Event, with the incredibly funny comedy legend Jimmy Cricket and the fabulous soulful vocalist and X Factor winner Steve Brookstein. Thanks to Kelly and her staff for their hospitality and to the fab crowd for packing the dancefloor!!

Jimmy Cricket had a trip down memory lane this weekend as he was taken back more than 40 years.

The popular Northern Irish comedian did a show at the Trecco Bay Holiday Park in Porthcawl, South Wales, where he first performed in 1976.

Along on the bill were sixties US rock group The McCoys, who are best known for their 1965 hit Hang on Sloopy.

The band posted on Facebook: “Such a great night, last night at Porthcawl’s Trecco Bay Holiday Park‘s Golden Ticket Event, with the incredibly funny comedy legend Jimmy Cricket and the fabulous soulful vocalist and X Factor winner Steve Brookstein.

“Thanks to Kelly and her staff for their hospitality and to the fab crowd for packing the dancefloor!!”


Oldham theatre stages Francis House show

Oldham Coliseum

Show at the Coliseum in Oldham in aid of Francis HouseThe 2017 version of the Stars come out for Francis House show was held on Halloween at the Coliseum Theatre in Oldham.

It was the seventh time the event has been organised to raise funds for the Francis House Children’s Hospice in south Manchester.

Famous Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy Cricket was joined by The Fourmost (below), an English Merseybeat band who recorded in the 1960s and whose biggest UK hit single was A Little Loving in 1964.

Singer Morgan Lee James also performed, while Jimmy’s good friend Jim Nicholas was again the host for the evening.

Jimmy tweeted afterwards: “Great night raising funds for with organiser Jim Nicholas & singer Morgan Lee James helped by David Ireland &

The Fourmost posted on Twitter: Hugely successful night with for Francis House. Well done to all.

Jimmy Cricket with The Fourmost band

Meeting up again with 60s legend Dave Berry

Jimmy Cricket with 60s icon Dave BerryJimmy Cricket bumped into a 60s music icon before a show in East Yorkshire.

The famous entertainer was preparing for an appearance at the Bridlington Spa Theatre over the last Bank Holiday in May when he was asked to pop into a vintage fair being hosted in the adjacent Queens Hall within the Spa entertainment complex.

Jimmy, 69, said: “I was pleased to do this because it was a great opportunity to generate a bit more interest in my show scheduled for later on in the afternoon.

“So I had an opportunity to perform on the platform at the fair and I even managed to sneak in an odd joke or two!

Jimmy Cricket with a family who went to see his show in Bridlington“And to my astonishment, 60s legend Dave Berry was at the fair! I have bumped into Dave on numerous times over the years and was delighted to see him in Bridlington. He had rented a stall at the fair to sell his line of guitars, which was a shrewd move as the fair attracted some 4,000 people.”

Dave (pictured above right with Jimmy) is a British pop singer and teen idol of the 1960s. His best-remembered songs are Memphis, Tennessee (1963), The Crying Game from 1964 and his 1965 hit Little Things.

Dave is still touring and often participates in national solid gold sixties shows across the UK.

Jimmy then went on to perform his comedy stand-up show in the theatre next door. For the third year running, the event attracted a great family audience.

Above left is Jimmy with a family who went to see the show in Bridlington.

‘Nobody tells a budgie joke like Freddie’

Jimmy Cricket's latest monthly column in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket relived his wedding day 40 years on in his latest column for the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post.

The famous entertainer  is headlining Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Charter Theatre in Preston – where he made his pantomime debut in 1981 – over the Christmas and New Year period.

When the Lancashire Evening Post contacted Jimmy through his website editor Martin Hamer – former digital editor at the LEP – about the idea of a monthly feature in the run-up to the panto, he thought it was a “very flattering request”.

And his most recent column recalls the happy memories from 1974 – and how he celebrated his ruby anniversary.

Jimmy also talks about the pantomime, which will be directed by Freddie ‘Parrot Face’ Davies who found fame in the 1960s on Opportunity Knocks when it was watched by an astonishing 20 million people.

“Nobody tells a budgie joke like Freddie,” laughs Jimmy in his column.

Returning for the first time in a decade

Jimmy Cricket will headline the 60s night at Huddersfield Sports CentreJimmy Cricket is going to perform in Huddersfield for the first time in at least 10 years.

The well-known Northern Irish entertainer will headline a 60s party at the Huddersfield Sports Centre in the West Yorkshire town on Saturday 13 September.

The event is being hosted and promoted by local entrepreneur Michael Ricards.

Jimmy said: “It’s amazing to think that being based in Rochdale in North Manchester, I am only a stone’s throw away from Huddersfield.

“But I have not appeared in the town for at least a decade! So this is a welcome return from yours truly and the night promises to be an evening brimming with laughter and dancing.”

Tickets are available by either visiting www.showsuk.com or ringing 0800 689 1708.

60s pop group among acts at fundraiser

Jimmy Cricket performing at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre in aid of Francis House Children's HospiceA show at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre in which Jimmy Cricket appeared raised almost £6,000 for the Francis House Children’s Hospice in south Manchester.

The gala concert in early April also featured the 60s legends The Ivy League and other excellent performances were from female vocalist Julie A Scott, the double act Harris and Day, and the Greater Manchester Police choir.

It was organised by Jimmy and his close friend Jim Nicholas, who was also the host.

A lot of credit must go to the sponsors of the event who were: Barclays Bank, Swan Inn in Dobcross, Chesters coaches, The Old Bell Inn in Delph, Salford Discount Carpets and Beds, Phoenix Financial Services Ltd, and PJD heating, plumbing and gas fitters.

Press the arrow button below to view a slideshow of the concert. Ricky Sandtime Matthews took the majority of the photographs.

Working to stop cruelty to animals

60s tribute band called the Beat Legends A 60s tribute band called the Beat Legends (above) and BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Frankie Connor were also on the bill when Jimmy Cricket appeared in a charity show on Merseyside.

Sue Lees

The event took place at the Huyton Suite in Knowsley and was organised by Jimmy’s good friends Bill and Sue Lees from Liverpool.

It was in aid of a very worthy cause close to Bill and Sue’s heart called Animal Defenders International (ADI).

ADI is the leading animal protection organisation working to stop cruelty to animals worldwide. It is a major international campaigning group, with offices in London and Los Angeles.

Sue Lees (right) is herself a very talented singer and also appeared on the show.

Top entertainer Jimmy said: “A good night was had by all and significant proceeds will be sent to the charity.”

Jimmy Cricket with one of the event's supporters
Comedian Jimmy with one of the charity event’s supporters