Jimmy Cricket appeared with a host of fellow entertainers in a show called Day By The Sea at the weekend.
The famous Irish funnyman appeared at the one-day event of comedy, music and song at the Royal Hippodrome theatre in Eastbourne.
Also on the bill was Jimmy’s big pal Don Maclean, an English actor and comedian who appeared on the BBC television series Crackerjack with Michael Aspel, Peter Glaze and Jan Hunt in the 1970s.
Sue Devaney, known for television roles in Coronation Street, Jonny Briggs, Casualty and Dinnerladies as well as being a regular stage performer, and English pop singer, jazz singer and actress Helen Shapiro were also among the entertainers.
The event, which took place last Saturday, was organised by the British Music Hall Society.
Jimmy, 71, said: “Great morning spent with old friends! I was on at 10.50am and the audience was amazing, really ready for a variety show at that time of the morning!”
Famous comedian Jimmy Cricket featured prominently in media coverage of the recent Crawley Irish Festival.
The Northern Irish entertainer figured in several of the photographs in both the Irish Post and the Irish World.
Jimmy performed on the outside stage and also in the theatre’s foyer at the festival, which was organised by local Crawley resident John Nolan and took place in and around the English town’s main Theatre called The Hawth.
He was asked to participate at the event by his friend Gerry Molumby, who hosted the entertainment that was presented on the outside stage at the festival.
The photographs seen here appeared in the Irish Post on 4 October (below) and the 27 September edition of the Irish World.
****STOP PRESS**** AFTER JIMMY’S SUCCESSFUL VISIT TO THIS YEAR’S CRAWLEY IRISH FESTIVAL, HE WILL RETURN TO THE REGION AGAIN IN NEARBY HORSHAM WHEN HE APPEARS AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE ON SUNDAY 21ST JUNE 2015 @ 3PM.
Jimmy Cricket was asked to perform TWICE at this year’s Crawley Irish Festival.
The famous Irish entertainer not only performed on the outside stage, but was also asked to appear in the theatre’s foyer that featured a programme mainly of music and was compered by good friend, Patrick O’Connell.
The festival was organised by local Crawley resident John Nolan and took place in and around the English town’s main Theatre called The Hawth.
Jimmy was asked to participate at the event by his friend Gerry Molumby, who hosted the entertainment that was presented on the outside stage at the festival.
“It was a great event and a wonderful atmosphere,” said Jimmy.
“Certainly there seemed to be a large Irish contingent who had arrived en masse from across Greater London, as well as a tremendous presence from local Crawley residents.”
Jimmy Cricket is returning to the scene of his 2012 summer season to do his stand-up comedy show at the weekend.
The famous Irish entertainer will perform at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne on Saturday (20 September), two years after his last appearance there.
He was featured earlier this month in the Eastbourne Herald (article clipping above), which read: “This entertainer never stops updating and creating new material.”
The newspaper mentions that Jimmy has just released a song, I was bit by Luis Suarez, which is based on the former Liverpool striker who was banned for four months during this summer’s World Cup for biting an opponent.
Jimmy said: “I am looking forward to seeing the many friends I made during that summer season.
“In fact, these friends have gone on to form a community interest company to manage the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, as the local council were looking for someone to take on this role for them.”
– Headlining the summer show at the Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne, which ran for five months and was presented every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from the first week of May through to the end of September
Jimmy Cricket had them rocking around the clock on the beach this summer!
The famous Irish comedian has recalled the occasion he met professional organist Chris Mannion.
It was on the day that Jimmy appeared live on ITV’s breakfast show, Daybreak, in Eastbourne on the south coast.
“Chris was playing his keyboard as part of the outside broadcast when I arrived on the scene and got the assembled crowd to sing Rock Around The Clock,” laughs Jimmy.
“Chris is a professional organist and is very accomplished. He not only plays at various concerts in Eastbourne, where he lives, but he is much in demand across the country and this extends to playing engagements on cruise ships.
“He is not just a talented person, but a really lovely guy as well.”
A railway station is the nostalgic setting for a variety summer show starring comedian Jimmy Cricket.
The Belfast-born funnyman has since May been appearing in Sentimental Journey to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne, East Sussex.
The story goes that a train has broken down at the Royal Hippodrome station so, while everyone waits for it to be repaired, the station master and “the man from head office” arrange some entertainment to keep people amused.
It transports the audience back to an era when a small company of talented individuals would sing, dance and tell jokes.
The host for the evening is the singer Mike Lee, who plays the train’s inspector, and at the start of the show he bumps into the train’s conductor – none other than the talented impressionist Barry Moon.
Jimmy Cricket said: “Both Barry and Mike are also the show’s producers and they have done a great job at putting this show together.”
The Showtime Dancers in Sentimental Journey are Nick, Jo, Lauren and Janine.
Also appearing are world-renowned tribute acts Colin Gold and Tracy Lea.
Colin, who starred on ITV’s Stars in Their Eyes, has gone on to become one of the most experienced and acclaimed Billy Fury acts in the world. Halfway to Paradise was one of Fury’s best-known songs.
Connie Francis’ greatest hits included Who’s Sorry Now, Lipstick on Your Collar and Stupid Cupid. Tracy also appeared on Stars in Their Eyes, a British television talent show screened on Saturday nights from 21 July 1990 to 23 December 2006 in which contestants impersonated showbiz stars.
Jimmy, Colin and Tracy recently appeared live in Eastbourne on ITV’s breakfast show, Daybreak.
* Performances for Sentimental Journey are at 8.15 each Tuesday and Wednesday night throughout the summer. Tickets cost £12 and £17 – go here for more information.