Jimmy Cricket headlined another “sparkling night of fundraising” in aid of a children’s hospice.
The eighth edition of Stars come out for Francis House show took place at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre on Tuesday 9 April.
Appearing on stage along with popular comedian Jimmy were 60s rock band New Amen Corner, multi-talented musician and singer Andy Eastwood and Peter Sarsfield’s tribute to Frankie Valli.
The event raised funds for the Francis House Children’s Hospice in south Manchester and was compèred by long-standing hospice supporter and entertainer Jim Nicholas.
Jimmy said on social media afterwards: “Another great Variety Show took place tonight raising funds for organised by Jim Nicholas for the eighth year, for the charity’s much-needed funds! ”
Francis House posted: “Thanks Jimmy, Jim and all the acts and audience for another sparkling night of fundraising!”
The Stars come out for Francis House show returns to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre on Tuesday (9 April).
This will be the eighth staging of the event, which raises funds for the Francis House Children’s Hospice in south Manchester.
This year’s line-up features popular comedian Jimmy Cricket, 60s rock band New Amen Corner, multi-talented musician and singer Andy Eastwood and Peter Sarsfield’s tribute to Frankie Valli.
The event will be hosted by long-standing hospice supporter and entertainer Jim Nicholas.
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Jimmy Cricket will be taking his Great Value For A Tenner show to Oldham later in the year.
All proceeds from the family show at the Millgate Arts Centre (Players Theatre) in Saddleworth on Saturday 19 May (7.30pm start) will go to Francis House Children’s Hospice, one of Jimmy’s favourite charities.
Tickets will be £10 and £5 for children.
Millgate Arts Centre is home to a thriving local arts community, providing a base for theatre, film, and chamber concert societies, as well as holding art exhibitions and being available for business or personal lettings.
The official promotion for the laughter show in May says: “The much-loved Irish comedian, Jimmy Cricket, brings his family-friendly comedy show for just a tenner to the Millgate Arts Centre.
“Jimmy will arrive equipped with one-liners galore, a sprinkling of visual comedy and, yes, that ever present letter from his mammy! This is the perfect show for granny and grandchild alike, as there will be giggles aplenty during an evening of fun and frivolity.
“On offer is a comedy master class delivered by a legendary entertainer everyone has come to know.”
Ticket information: Bookings can be made in person, by phone or online. The box office (at Delph Library) is open Tuesdays 2pm–5pm; Wednesdays 2pm–7pm; Thursdays 1pm-6pm and Fridays & Saturdays from 9.30am–1pm. The box office at Delph Library telephone number is 01457 874644. Tickets must be paid for at the time of booking, and we accept payment using all major credit and debit cards. You can select your seats at the time of booking. Tickets are non-refundable.
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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).
A show at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre in which Jimmy Cricket appeared raised almost £6,000 for the Francis House Children’s Hospice in south Manchester.
The gala concert in early April also featured the 60s legends The Ivy League and other excellent performances were from female vocalist Julie A Scott, the double act Harris and Day, and the Greater Manchester Police choir.
It was organised by Jimmy and his close friend Jim Nicholas, who was also the host.
A lot of credit must go to the sponsors of the event who were: Barclays Bank, Swan Inn in Dobcross, Chesters coaches, The Old Bell Inn in Delph, Salford Discount Carpets and Beds, Phoenix Financial Services Ltd, and PJD heating, plumbing and gas fitters.
Press the arrow button below to view a slideshow of the concert. Ricky Sandtime Matthews took the majority of the photographs.