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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!!”

 

‘Never uses bad language, but such a funny guy’

 

The Jimmy Cricket Laughter Show takes place on Sunday 9 December at 8pmJimmy Cricket will host one of his comedy shows at a football club in the West Country in December.

The famous entertainer will be performing at Axminster Town FC, which is based in Devon.

The Jimmy Cricket Laughter Show takes place on Sunday 9 December at 8pm.

Organiser Alan West,  himself a country singer, songwriter and performer, said: “My buddy Jimmy Cricket is heading our way in December…..One of the funniest chaps I think I’ve ever met….Tickets are limited and available now.”

In response to Alan’s post on social media channel Facebook, Rich May commented: “Great guy Alan. Never swears or uses bad language but such a funny guy enjoy the night 👍.”

And Sandra King said: “Remember him at Seaton!! 2 tickets may need 4! XX”

To book a ticket for Jimmy’s show in December, ring 07773 768110.

Visit to the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela

Jimmy Cricket posted some photographs on Twitter

Jimmy Cricket has paid a visit to a special cathedral during a day’s sight-seeing in north-west Spain.

The well-known Northern Irish entertainer is currently working on a cruise ship which is sailing along the coasts of France, Portugal and Spain.

He and his wife May are on board the Magellan – a sailing vessel belonging to Cruise and Maritime Voyages.

Jimmy posted on social media that he had visited the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, the resting place for the relics of the apostle St James and the finishing point for a popular pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James).

The cathedral is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela and is an integral part of the world heritage site in Galicia.

Visit to iconic Monument Valley & Viva Las Vegas!

Monument Valley in the United States

Jimmy Cricket got to fulfil the ambition of a lifetime when he visited the legendary Monument Valley in the United States of America.

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is a red-sand desert region on the Arizona-Utah border, known for the towering sandstone hills recognised by their steep sides and flat tops. The park has frequently been a filming location for Western movies.

Jimmy, who visited the valley as part of a holiday in Las Vegas, posted on Facebook: “Well folks! We got to fulfil a life long ambition, to visit, the spectacular, “Monument Valley”, backdrop of the John Wayne, (Director John Ford), films such as, “The Searchers”, “Stagecoach”, on the border of Utah and Arizona with Bob our Navajo Indian guide, in dedication to my oldest brother John who was also a great fan! 🎬🎥.”

The famous entertainer kept his friends and fans up to date regularly with his trip on his social media channels.

He and Mrs Cricket were joined during the holiday by their eldest daughter Jamie, who currently works as a deputy headteacher in the Cayman Islands.

Among the shows they watched in Vegas included the Bellagio’s dancing waters and Cirque Du Soleil, at The Mirage, a 3,044-room Polynesian-themed resort and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.

Jimmy Cricket and daughter Jamie in Las Vegas

Jimmy, 72, and Mrs Cricket set off back from the US on Saturday (7 July).

“Las Vegas you have been a blast, (and while touring there and back), ‘Monument Valley’, you have been truly inspirational, now on our way home!” said Jimmy.

‘Wonderful cake’ from my Facebook friend Julie

Jimmy Cricket posted on Facebook: "Big thanks to my Facebook friend Julie Dolphin for this wonderful cake she made and presented to me"

Jimmy Cricket was presented with a special cake at a show in Staffordshire.

The famous entertainer was performing at Hednesford Ex Serviceman’s Club in Cannock – an event that had been rescheduled due to the bad weather earlier in the year.

And afterwards, the comedian posted on Twitter: “Great night at “The Soldiers Club”, Hednesford, with organiser Chris Warsop with the fabulous band called ”Touch”, with big thanks to my Facebook friend Julie Dolphin for this wonderful cake she made and presented to me!”

‘Super, smashing, great’ – fond tribute to Jim Bowen

Jim Bowen - picture courtesy of the Westmorland Gazette

Jimmy Cricket could not be at the funeral of his late friend Jim Bowen – but paid tribute to him on Twitter.

Broadcaster and comedian Jim, best known for hosting darts-based game show Bullseye in the 1980s and ’90s, died on 14 March at the age of 80.

And Jimmy posted a link to a story about Jim on social media, saying: “For those who like me, who sadly missed the funeral of the great comic/host Jim Bowen here is a dedication to the day!”

The article, in the Westmorland Gazette, said: “Family and friends said their last goodbyes to north Lancashire broadcaster and comedian Jim Bowen at Beetham Hall Crematorium in the South Lakeland Countryside.

“Mr Bowen, who was best known as the host of darts-based game show Bullseye in the 1980s and 1990s, used to live in a now-disused Victorian house at the old railway station in Arkholme and was a former owner of the village’s Redwell Inn.”

A statement posted by the official Bullseye Facebook page said: ‘The celebration of Jim’s life was attended by close family and friends and was a heartwarming, loving and incredibly moving send off for Jim.

New Year message from Jimmy and Mrs Cricket!

Jimmy and Mrs Cricket

Famous comedian Jimmy Cricket and his wife May, who is a professional singer, have written the following message for all their friends, fans and followers everywhere, including on social media and on the Cricket Times. 

“To everyone whom we have had the great pleasure of your company this year on our website and Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, may we wish you all a very happy and healthy and prosperous new 2018 and we are looking forward to sharing our news – ‘as there’s more!’ – and your stories next year!”

From Jimmy and Mrs C and all who help @Wellie Boot Productions.

Jimmy Cricket delighted with Twitter caricature

Caricature of Jimmy CricketJimmy Cricket was both surprised and delighted when a caricature of him was posted on Twitter.

The artist behind the creation is called Blist, aka Andy Cartledge, a cartoonist and illustrator. He is based in South Yorkshire and draws cartoons for the Rotherham Advertiser.

Famous comedian Jimmy, 70, said: “I was really impressed with this illustration of me, which has been created with fine detail in mind.

“Not only does the drawing have me depicted in my trademark attire of dress suit, bowler hat and wellies marked with ‘L’ and ‘R’, but the artist has even included me wearing one glove!” (Jimmy often wears this glove for one of his jokes).

Because the drawing is one of the best cartoons Jimmy has seen of himself, he is now using it as his identifier on social media sites Twitter and Facebook.

Jimmy’s Twitter handle is jimmy__cricket and his Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/jimmycricketfamousirishcomedian/ 

Helping out at post office relaunch

Jimmy Cricket with Michael Meacher (right) and others at the relaunch of Royton Post Office

Jimmy Cricket was only too pleased to help out an old friend at the reopening of a post office in Greater Manchester earlier this summer.

The famous Northern Ireland entertainer was invited to the special event in Oldham by Paul Couglan, who is the new franchise owner of the revamped Royton Post Office.

Paul, an acquaintance of Jimmy, already runs a successful post office at nearby Moston in north Manchester.

Also present at the relaunch was Michael Meacher, a British Labour politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Oldham West and Royton since 1997.

Jimmy said: ” I was thrilled to be able to support Paul at the start of his new venture. He has always tried to support me over the years with his new musicals and shows.

“I wish Paul all the best with Royton Post Office and hope it’s a major success.”

The event was featured in the 18 June edition of the Oldham Evening Chronicle (see image above).

Ode to the stolen wellingtons

Ken Dodd signed the new concrete wellies for fellow comedian Jimmy Cricket
Ken Dodd has signed the new wellingtons for fellow comedian Jimmy

The story of Jimmy Cricket’s stolen concrete wellingtons – and their replacements – has again been the subject of attention in the media.

The Rochdale Observer, the newspaper in the famous entertainer’s hometown, is the latest publication to feature an article on the saga.

Ken Dodd signed the new concrete wellies for fellow comedian Jimmy Cricket

The first set of wellies were taken from Jimmy’s garden last April, a theft which left him “devastated” and caused quite a stir in the national press.

His friend and fellow funnyman Ken Dodd has bought another pair, having given Jimmy the original ones for his 50th birthday.

Jimmy is famous for wearing green wellington boots, marked with the letters R and L on the wrong feet, during his acts.

Ken recently appeared at The Spa Bridlington, where he signed the new wellies, and they will be presented to Jimmy when he performs at the same venue on Sunday, 24 August.

The Observer reports that the replacements were bought on eBay, the online auction website, for £22 and that Jimmy has written a poem about the whole episode.

Book tickets for Jimmy’s show in Bridlington here.

The Rochdale Observer article on the stolen wellies