Jimmy Cricket helped to bring back the good old days of variety recently.
The popular Northern Irish comedian guest starred at Dudley Town Hall in the West Midlands on Tuesday (12 March) and at Mansfield Palace Theatre in Nottingham the following day.
Mark Andrews Music Hall was the production company behind the two The Good Old Days of Variety shows.
Jimmy told his thousands of social media fans after the first performance (photo above): “A wonderful full house afternoon @DudleyBorough Halls with Mark Andrews Productions. Paul was on keyboards and Graham was on drums alongside the fabulous harmonica instrumentalist Johnny Stafford and with the great voice of Linda Watts! ”
And he posted after the second show (photo below): “Another fantastic afternoon at the Palace Theatre Mansfield for Mark Andrews Productions starring Mark, with Paul on keyboards and Graham on drums with the Houghton Weavers, (Tony, Jimmy, Dave, Steve), alongside @AndyEastwoodUK”
Jimmy Cricket had his latest Butlins Redcoat reunion when he was appearing at a Pontins holiday village earlier this summer.
The well-known comedian worked as a Redcoatat 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.
This 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.
The show is produced by Mark Andrews Productions. Mark Andrews is a versatile performer, singing and acting as well as producing, and is developing an excellent reputation for his Music Hall touring shows.
* Jimmy is pictured below with the cast at the finale which was taken at the Swansea Grand Theatre. Alongside him and Mark Andrews is chairman Neil Hurst, singer Kay Carmen, Shep’s Banjo Band and the show’s musicians – keyboard player Steve Warburton and Karl on drums.
Jimmy 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.