Maureen’s Tappers and an Elvis Presley impersonator were among the acts at Jimmy’s Cricket’s Christmas jam night in Rochdale.
The event, hosted by the famous Northern Irish entertainer and his wife May Marion every couple of months, takes place in the lounge area of St Vincent’s RC parish centre in his home town of Rochdale.
It started about a decade ago as an opportunity for Jimmy and other performers to try out new routines and is still going strong.
The famous entertainer has nicknamed those who regularly support these evenings as ‘Jimmy’s Jammers’.
At every event, there is a raffle and the selling of refreshments, with all proceeds donated to a chosen charity.
Francis House Children’s Hospice, which is based in Didsbury, was the beneficiary of the December jam night.
Famous funnyman Jimmy, 73, posted on social media: “Great Festive Fun this evening at the “St Vincent’s Jam Night”, with my fellow act Jim Nicholas [aka Elvis Presley] and Maureen’s Tappers raising funds for #FrancisHouseCH 🎭”
Jimmy Cricket finished his 2018 season at a popular hotel in Lancashire – but will be back there early in the New Year.
Much-loved Northern Irish comedian Jimmy, 73, has done shows regularly over the past few years at the hotel on the Promenade in Blackpool.
And he will be performing there at least once every month during 2019 – see all the dates below.
Tweeted Jimmy: “My last performance here tonight at the#LyndeneHotel for 2018. Merry Christmas 🎄 to all the Staff and fellow performers! See you all in January next year 2019! 🎭”
The Lyndene, which is perched on the seafront, is one of Blackpool’s unique locations as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.
Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing his tour dates on this website.
Visit the hotel’s website here.
Jimmy Cricket reflects on his holiday in the United States earlier this year in his latest newspaper column – and suggests not asking for a shandy in Las Vegas!
The famous comedian went with his wife May in the summer to Vegas, a resort city known for its vibrant nightlife, centered around 24-hour casinos and other forms of entertainment.
And in his November column in the Lancashire Evening Post, he talks about the hot weather and asking for drinks at the bar.
He says: “I suppose if we did get a harsh winter this year we’d be more forgiving because this summer has been such a belter.
“However, although we had another scorcher this year, I went to somewhere that was even hotter. ‘Las Vegas. Yes siree.’ Mrs Cricket and I packed our cosies and sun cream and headed to the gambling capital of the world.
“Boy was that hot. And I just don’t mean the Showgirls. One day I took a 20-minute walk, stopped at a convenience store and purchased a cold bottle of water from the fridge. Before I got back the bottle was so warm, I could hardly hold it. The air conditioning in the hotel was even more welcoming than a tax rebate that day.
“We had a great time in, Las Vegas, and saw lots of exciting shows, including in a show called, Love, which was themed around The Beatles’ music.
“Of course, there were hiccups. Like the Paris Hotel. Here’s a tip here. If you do visit it and go right up to the bar on the first floor, don’t ask for a half of shandy. I did and a quite indignant barman plonked the beer, lemonade and glass in front of me and told me to do it myself.”
Read Jimmy’s full column here
Jimmy Cricket paid tribute to the war dead recently with a visit to a famous European memorial.
The well-known Northern Irish entertainer attended the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium.
The gate has historically been a crossing point over the moat and through the ramparts of the old town fortifications, on the road to the nearby town of Menin.
It had a special significance for Allied troops during World War I as it was from this place that thousands of soldiers set off for the part of the Front called the Ypres Salient – with many of them destined never to return.
The new Menin Gate was built on the same site in the form of a Roman triumphal arch (see photo below) and was opened in July 1927 when the Last Post was played by buglers from the Somerset Light Infantry.
Since 1928, buglers from the Last Post Association have been playing the Last Post at the Menin Gate every night at 8pm. Only during World War II was the ceremony interrupted.
In military tradition, the Last Post is the bugle call that signifies the end of the day’s activities and is also sounded at military funerals to indicate that the soldier has gone to his/her final rest and at commemorative services such as Remembrance Day.
The walls of the Menin Gate are engraved with the names of nearly 55,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers lost on the field of battle but with no known graves.
Jimmy posted on social media: “Here attending, “The Last Post at the Menin Gate”, tribute to all those who lost their lives in the 155 war cemeteries which now surround modern-day Ypres!”
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!!”
Entertainer Jimmy Cricket performed at an NHS awards event in Shropshire on Thursday evening.
The celebrations for staff and volunteers who work for the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH) took place at the Lion Quays Hotel in Oswestry.
The RJAH orthopaedic hospital is a leading centre of excellence with a reputation for innovation, providing a comprehensive range of musculoskeletal (bone, joint and tissue) surgical, medical and rehabilitation services – locally, regionally and nationally.
Famous comedian Jimmy, 73, tweeted: “It was great appearing at the Robert Jones, Agnes Hunt Hospital awards ceremony in Oswestry last night.
“Surgeons and Comics have a lot in common…We both work in a theatre, have people in stitches, and have to deal with the odd drip now and then.”
Jimmy Cricket had a busy weekend of shows in which he performed alongside a Rod Stewart tribute act and also presented some dance awards.
The famous comedian was at the E57 Club in Birmingham on the night of Saturday 17 November and then the following afternoon, he performed at the Eric Morecambe Halls in the St Albans City district of Hertfordshire.
He tweeted after the first show (photo below): “Great night at the E57 Club with fellow acts, Nathan Singer/Compère, with Rod Stewart tribute Gerry, and also pictured here with Committee member Patrick in front of the poster!”
And the following day, he posted the picture above on social media saying: “Lovely afternoon at the Eric Morecambe Halls in Harpenden with the Sarah Andrews Dance Academy who performed in the first half, then received awards for their individual achievements and I was privileged to have been asked to present the awards alongside singer/compère Roger!”
Famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket helped raise funds for a church in Lancaster earlier this month.
The Northern Irish comedian performed at Bentham Town Hall in the Lancashire city on Saturday 10 November in aid of St Boniface Roman Catholic Church.
Also on the show was Jimmy’s wife May Marion and their good friend Jonathan Young from The Bachelors.
The church’s website said the event was a sellout and “a very enjoyable evening”.
Jimmy tweeted the photos above and added: “Had a wonderful night at Bentham Town Hall pictured here with organisers Brian and Mavis Mason with fellow act Jonathan Young alongside Fr Frank for St Boniface Parish Funds!”
A double DVD of a special tribute show in which Jimmy Cricket and a host of other well-known entertainers performed is to go on sale soon.
The Keith Harris tribute show, recorded live at Viva Blackpool in September this year, also featured the likes of The Krankies, The Grumbleweeds, Steve Rawlings, Christopher Biggins, Duncan Norvell, Steve Royle, Bobby Crush and Mooky the clown.
It is expected that the DVD will be finished within the next few weeks and pre-orders are being taken. If you pre order now, you can purchase for a special price of £18.99. The release price will be £21.99.
All proceeds will go towards The Keith Harris & Orville Statue Fund as part of a campaign to erect a memorial in Blackpool for the late ventriloquist.
For more details and to watch the DVD trailer, go here.
Eyes & Teeth took place on 21 September in memory of Keith, who died in Blackpool aged 67 in 2015.
He was best known for his television show The Keith Harris Show (from 1982 to 1990) and for his appearances with his puppets Orville the Duck and Cuddles the Monkey.
Northern Irish comedian Jimmy had posted the following message (and photo below) on social media after the show: “What an achievement for and lovely who organised “The Keith Harris Tribute Show” with great acts and legends such as Mooky, reminded me of the old days, Midnight Matinees.”