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A return to Pontins for former Bluecoat Jimmy

Had a great afternoon at @Pontins Camber Sands with Ents Manager Matey, Compère Nial and Dave on sound and lighting, alongside the resident Bluecoats, as I was the first to perform on their newly built state of the art showstage!

Jimmy Cricket enjoyed creating a little bit of history at a Pontins on the English south-east coast recently.

The famous entertainment performed a show at the holiday camp at Camber Sands in Rye, an English town near the coast in East Sussex.

He posted on social media: “Had a great afternoon at Camber Sands with Ents Manager Matey, Compère Nial and Dave on sound and lighting, alongside the resident Bluecoats, as I was the first to perform on their newly built state-of-the-art show stage!”

Jimmy is himself a former Bluecoat, having worked at the Pontins holiday camps in Southport and Morecambe in the 1970s.

A busy period in the south west of the UK

Jimmy Cricket and Jamie Brown

It was a busy weekend for Jimmy Cricket when he did several shows in South Wales and in England’s West Country.

The famous Northern Irish entertainer performed at the Penarth Pier Pavilion, a fully restored art deco pier pavilion in the Vale of Glamorgan, and also at the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay at the end of June.

Jimmy Cricket with Stephen James

In Penarth he appeared at a comedy night that was organised by fellow funnyman Colin Howarth (who is pictured with Dan Mitchell, another comic, and Jimmy in the bottom photograph).

In the audience was one of Jimmy’s friends, Idris Charles, a former TV producer/director and Welsh language football commentator.

A couple of days later, Jimmy was in the Torbay region with a visit to the Babbacombe Theatre.

When he was there, he bumped into Stephen James (pictured with Jimmy above right) and Jamie Brown (with Jimmy in the top photo), who had come along to see the show.

And the hectic weekend also included a trip for Jimmy to Pontins Sand Bay near Weston-super-Mare in between!

Jimmy Cricket with fellow comics Colin Howarth and Dan Mitchell

Twins get a birthday bash to remember at Pontins

Jimmy Cricket performs at a birthday party at Pontins near Weston-super-Mare

Jimmy Cricket made it a birthday party to remember for two twin women on a recent trip to the Pontins Holiday Village at Sand Bay near Weston-super-Mare.

Jimmy Cricket with birthday twins Yvonne Alway and Elaine Woolsey BiggsWhile famous entertainer Jimmy was on site preparing for his contribution to the evening’s entertainment programme, he came across the birthday bash that had been organised for Yvonne Alway and Elaine Woolsey Biggs (pictured right).

True to form, Jimmy fully immersed himself in the proceedings, as he always likes a crowd, and his impromptu visit really made the afternoon for these two wonderful ladies.

Jimmy even got out his saxophone and joined in with the two musicians, Mark and Dave, who were there to provide the afternoon’s entertainment for the party.

Thanks to Paul Ogden for some of these photographs – he is pictured below with Jimmy.

Jimmy Cricket with Paul Ogden

Another Redcoats reunion for Jimmy

Jimmy with some other former Butlins Redcoats

Jimmy Cricket had his latest Butlins Redcoat reunion when he was appearing at a Pontins holiday village earlier this summer.

Jimmy Cricket with Paul Ogden, another former Butlins Redcoat

The well-known comedian worked as a Redcoat at 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.

Redcoat is the name given to front-line staff at Butlins holiday camps in the UK. A Redcoat has duties ranging from adult entertainer or children’s entertainer to stewarding. Read more about them here.

Working with Shane Richie 30 years ago

Jimmy Cricket and the band at Pontins on the Isle of WightJimmy Cricket was recently reminded of the days when he worked at a Pontins holiday village where fellow TV star Shane Richie was the entertainments manager!

Terri Gardner, who worked with Jimmy in the early 1980s, sent the photo above via a Facebook message.

The picture features Terri and her partner, Ron, and the rest of their band alongside Jimmy at the Pontins holiday village called Little Canada on the Isle of Wight back in 1983.

Jimmy said: “Actually the band worked with me a few times that year and the really interesting fact associated with this holiday village during the same year was that the entertainments manager was none other than Shane Richie!”

Richie is an English actor, comedian, singer and media personality, well-known for his portrayal of the character Alfie Moon in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders.

Whatever happened to…?

Jimmy Cricket feature in the Daily Express

Famous Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket relived his successful showbiz career in a recent article in a British national newspaper.

The feature, written by Tony Padman, appeared in the magazine section of last Saturday’s Daily Express.

Meeting a magician

Danny Lee Grew with Jimmy and, left, Norman Jacobs, chairman of the charity which runs West Cliff Theatre
Danny Lee Grew with Jimmy and, left, Norman Jacobs, chairman of the charity which runs West Cliff Theatre

Jimmy Cricket was treated to a magic trick by a fellow entertainer at an Essex theatre.

Danny Lee Grew, a London-based magician, performed a piece of magic involving a sponge to the delight of famous Irish comedian Jimmy and Norman Jacobs, chairman of the charity which runs the West Cliff Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea.

Danny was one of the first performers to entertain at the new Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London. He entertained a 5,000-strong crowd with his close-up magic and also performed for many celebrities throughout the day.

He is the resident magician for Marvin’s Magic at Hamleys toy store and Harrods of Knightsbridge, and was a Bluecoat entertainer at Pontin’s Holiday Park in Prestatyn, North Wales.

Celebrities other than Jimmy who have seen Danny’s magic include musician Peter Andre, pop band Madness, Duncan Bannatyne of the BBC’s Dragons’ Den and players from West Ham United Football Club.

Visit Danny’s website here

Video of the trick can be seen on the homepage of this website.