Jimmy Cricket has officially launched his new charity CD for Christmas 2016.
The event earlier this month was marked by a mini-concert at the Francis House Children’s Hospice in south Manchester.
It was a fitting venue for the launch of the CD, called Santa bring my wellies back to me, as all proceeds will be donated to the charity.
The audience was composed of Francis House volunteers and parents of some of the children who are cared for by the organisation.
The evening started with a buffet followed by the mini-concert. For this, famous entertainer Jimmy – who has just turned 71 – was joined on stage by some of the other singers who feature on the CD, namely the choir from St Patrick’s RC Primary School in Rochdale and his wife, the female vocalist May Marion.
All 10 songs from the new CD were performed and all were well-received, with a particular warm reaction granted to the signature track, which Jimmy performed alongside the choir, and also for the novelty song, No one wants Wilbur (the turkey).
There was also an opportunity for the choir (pictured top) to sing a track on their own and they chose One bright star from their Christmas repertoire.
Jimmy, pictured below performing one of the songs, said: “The choir not only sang superbly, but they behaved impeccably and their mere enthusiastic presence gave everybody at the concert a lift.”
After the event, copies of the CD were available to be bought and nearly 200 have already been sold – this without a Christmas illumination or decoration in sight!