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The Good Old Days are returning to Dudley!

“The legendary comedian and entertainer Jimmy Cricket – star of stage and screen, including various Royal Variety Performances. With a full supporting company of singers, hilarious comedy, a chairman, live musicians and lots of songs you will know to sing along with. A show not to be missed!”

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Another Redcoats reunion for Jimmy

Jimmy with some other former Butlins Redcoats

Jimmy Cricket had his latest Butlins Redcoat reunion when he was appearing at a Pontins holiday village earlier this summer.

Jimmy Cricket with Paul Ogden, another former Butlins Redcoat

The well-known comedian worked as a Redcoat at the Butlins sites in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, and Mosney near Dublin in Ireland during the late 1960s before becoming a household name on television.

He has met up with some of his old colleagues during the decades since then and this was actually the second time he had encountered this particular group of fellow former Redcoats – he also bumped into them the last time he was at Sand Bay Holiday Park in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, a couple of years ago!

The photos are courtesy of Paul Ogden, with whom Jimmy can be seen right.

Above, Jimmy has actually managed to borrow a red coat from one of the group and is pictured alongside them all sharing some comedy banter.

Redcoat is the name given to front-line staff at Butlins holiday camps in the UK. A Redcoat has duties ranging from adult entertainer or children’s entertainer to stewarding. Read more about them here.

Butlin’s reunion from the 1960s

Frankie Whittle and Ernie Shrimp and his wife all went to watch Jimmy’s showJimmy Cricket caught up with some old friends during his summer season in Norfolk.

The well-known comedian was headlining the Great British Seaside Special at the Princess Theatre when he visited by some of his former Redcoat colleagues from the Butlin’s holiday site in Clacton-on-Sea.

Frankie Whittle and Ernie Shrimp and his wife all went to watch Jimmy’s show in Hunstanton and chat about the old times afterwards (picture above).

Jimmy said: “Frankie, Ernie and I were all at Butlin’s together in the late 1960s, so this was a wonderful reunion and a really nice way to catch up with these long-time friends.”

Keeping variety alive

Jimmy Cricket with Carl Lawrence in the foyer of the Embassy Theatre in SkegnessThis picture featuring well-known entertainer Jimmy Cricket has been published on a Facebook group page.  

Seen with Jimmy in the foyer of the Embassy Theatre in Skegness is Carl Lawrence who posted the photo in his own Facebook section and also on the group one at Keep Variety Alive (you need to be logged into Facebook to view this page).

Carl had come to see the 2013 Music Hall Tour, which Jimmy has headlined over the course of the summer at various venues around the UK.

The show was well received during its July visit to the Embassy Theatre; in fact, about 600 people came to watch the show and Jimmy said he was thrilled with the attendance.

The Music Hall Tour, which is produced by Mark Andrews Productions and features all the typical hallmarks of a ‘Good Old Days’ format, resumes in September for the autumn leg which includes visits to Redhill, Crewe, New Brighton, Nottingham, Dudley, Cardiff, Harlow and Soham.

* More details for each date can be found in the tour dates section of this website.

From King’s Lynn to Harlow to Dudley

Jimmy Cricket takes part in the finale to the Music Hall Show in King's Lynn
The finale to the Music Hall Show in King’s Lynn

Jimmy Cricket visited the Corn Exchange Theatre in King’s Lynn as part of the 2013 Music Hall Show tour around the UK.

Jimmy Cricket meets some of the audience at the Music Hall Show in King's Lynn
Jimmy meets some of the audience in King’s Lynn

The Irish comedian is headlining the national tour, which is produced by Mark Andrews Productions and features all the typical hallmarks of a ‘Good Old Days’ format.

It continues at Skegness on Wednesday, 24 July and then, in the autumn, the show visits Cardiff, Nottingham, Harlow, Soham, Redhill, Crewe, New Brighton and Dudley.

More details for each date can be found in the tour dates section of this website.

A big thank-you to Gloria Whitbread for sending in these photographs.

The good old days of Music Hall & Variety

Jimmy CricketJimmy Cricket is leading a return to the good old days in 2013.

The famous Irish comedian will  headline a national tour of a Music Hall Show which is being produced by Mark Andrews Productions.

It will feature all the typical hallmarks of a ‘Good Old Days’ format, complete with a chairman who will throw out to the audience some linguistic challenges!

The show, called The good old days of Music Hall and Variety, will visit the following UK towns and cities during next year: Shrewsbury, Billingham, Stockport, Derby, Cheltenham, Cleethorpes, Tunbridge Wells, Swansea, Ipswich, Kings Lynn, Skegness, Cardiff, Redhill, New Brighton, Nottingham, Dudley and Harlow.

More details for each date can be found within the tour dates section of this website.

Please note that most performance times are scheduled for the afternoon, but there is the odd occasion when an evening show has been arranged in addition to the matinee performance.