Jimmy Cricket got to fulfil the ambition of a lifetime when he visited the legendary Monument Valley in the United States of America.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is a red-sand desert region on the Arizona-Utah border, known for the towering sandstone hills recognised by their steep sides and flat tops. The park has frequently been a filming location for Western movies.
Jimmy, who visited the valley as part of a holiday in Las Vegas, posted on Facebook: “Well folks! We got to fulfil a life long ambition, to visit, the spectacular, “Monument Valley”, backdrop of the John Wayne, (Director John Ford), films such as, “The Searchers”, “Stagecoach”, on the border of Utah and Arizona with Bob our Navajo Indian guide, in dedication to my oldest brother John who was also a great fan! 🎬🎥.”
The famous entertainer kept his friends and fans up to date regularly with his trip on his social media channels.
He and Mrs Cricket were joined during the holiday by their eldest daughter Jamie, who currently works as a deputy headteacher in the Cayman Islands.
Among the shows they watched in Vegas included the Bellagio’s dancingwaters and Cirque Du Soleil, at The Mirage, a 3,044-room Polynesian-themed resort and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.
Jimmy, 72, and Mrs Cricket set off back from the US on Saturday (7 July).
“Las Vegas you have been a blast, (and while touring there and back), ‘Monument Valley’, you have been truly inspirational, now on our way home!” said Jimmy.
Famous comedian Jimmy Cricket and his wife May, who is a professional singer, have written the following message for all their friends, fans and followers everywhere, including on social media and on the Cricket Times.
“To everyone whom we have had the great pleasure of your company this year on our website and Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, may we wish you all a very happy and healthy and prosperous new 2018 and we are looking forward to sharing our news – ‘as there’s more!’ – and your stories next year!”
From Jimmy and Mrs C and all who help @Wellie Boot Productions.
Jimmy Cricket was presented with an Irish-themed cake when he returned to perform at the Billingham Forum Theatre near Middlesbrough.
The famous Belfast-born entertainer appeared in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the North East theatre over the Christmas and New Year period. Sellout crowds watched the pantomime; in fact, the biggest attendances ever for a panto at the venue.
And as he arrived to perform again at the theatre at the start of April, he was greeted with a green cake with a pair of wellingtons on it – Jimmy is renowned in his acts for wearing wellies on the wrong feet!
The cake was made by Stockton resident Yasmin Calvert whose mum, Janet, went to the stage door of the theatre to hand it to Jimmy.
Jimmy said: “I was overjoyed on receiving it as it’s one of the best that anyone has made for me. I was particularly impressed with the detail of the decoration and amazed at how it was produced all in green!
“A big thank you to Yasmin for the efforts she went to in making this culinary delight for me.”
His comedy show was a triumph as almost 400 people came to see Jimmy on his return.
He invited the Heritage Dance School to perform a few numbers during the show and added: “I was very pleased with their efforts as they slotted in really nicely.”
Jimmy Cricket is to return to the scene of his record-breaking pantomime.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs attracted sellout crowds – the biggest attendances ever for a panto at the Billingham Forum Theatre near Middlesbrough.
It consistently had excellent reviews from people who watched the show over the Christmas and New Year period.
Northern Irish funnyman Jimmy played the comedy role of Muddles in the festive production. Also in the cast was Emmerdale’s Kurtis Stacey (he plays Alex Moss in the soap) who featured in the role of the Wicked Henchman.
Jimmy liked the North East venue so much that he will bring his stand-up comedy show to the Forum Theatre on the afternoon of Sunday 6 April.