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Dancing on Ice winner in Benidorm Palace show

Wonderful show tonight @Benidorm_palace with organiser and Compère and artist @steviespit and Company

Reality TV star Jack Quickenden also took to the stage when Jimmy Cricket made his latest appearance at the famous Benidorm Palace.

Well-known entertainer Jimmy has performed at the venue in the Alicante region of Spain several times over the past few years and his latest visit there was on Sunday 23 September.

Jimmy, 72, posted on Twitter: “Wonderful show tonight with organiser and Compère and artist and Company with the huge vocal talent of alongside the great guitarist, singer songwriter talent of

Jake, an English singer and reality television personality, later tweeted a video of him performing at the Palace with the words: “Little snippet of “afraid to be lonely” last night in Benidorm, great crowd and great gig for two amazing causes.”

He was a contestant on the ninth and 11th series of The X Factor in 2012 and 2014, before being runner-up in series 14 of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! four years ago.

Earlier this year, he won the 10th series of Dancing on Ice,  partnering professional German figure skater Vanessa Bauer.

He was a contestant on the ninth and 11th series of The X Factor in 2012 and 2014, before being runner-up in series 14 of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! four years ago. Earlier this year, he won the 10th series of Dancing on Ice,  partnering professional German figure skater Vanessa Bauer.

Tickets are selling fast for Jimmy Cricket’s first play

Tickets for the world premiere of Jimmy Cricket’s first play are selling fast.

No more Fiffing and Faffing will be staged at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday 16 September at 7.30pm.

Join comedy double act Joe Fiffen and Jerry Faffen on their last night in showbusiness. As well as their classic sketches, they’ll be settling some old scores in the dressing room.

Appearing with famous comedian Jimmy will be Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

Tickets cost £10. You can also book by telephoning 01254 685 500. The theatre’s email address is boxoffice@blackburnempire.com

Read more about the play and book online here.

Mike Johnson tweeted: "No more Fiffing and Faffing written by and starring @jimmy__cricket with Jonathan Young and Colin Meredith @ThwaitesEmpire - tickets going fast don't miss out book https://blackburnempire.com/event/no-more-fiffing-faffing/ … or phone 01254 685 500."

Jimmy and his wife May have just returned from a European cruise.

Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy was performing on the Magellan – a ship belonging to Cruise and Maritime Voyages – which sailed along the coasts of France, Portugal and Spain.

Earlier on the cruise, they visited the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, the resting place for the relics of the apostle St James and the finishing point for a popular pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James).

And later they went to the National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional) in Lisbon, in which important Portuguese personalities – including Eusébio – are buried. Eusébio da Silva Ferreira is considered by many as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

On their return, Jimmy posted on social media (see photo below): “Back on dry land and my thanks to one of the newer Cruise 🚢 Companies for looking after us so well, here with fellow artist onboard Gary with his family!”

Jimmy Cricket tweeted: "Back on dry land and my thanks to one of the newer Cruise 🚢 Companies @CMVoyages for looking after us so well, here with fellow artist onboard Gary with his family!"

Visiting the Portugal tomb of a football legend

Jimmy Cricket has visited the tomb of legendary Portuguese footballer Eusébio.

The veteran comedian was at the National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional) in Lisbon, in which important Portuguese personalities – including Eusébio – are buried.

Eusébio da Silva Ferreira is considered by many as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

He was known for his speed, technique, athleticism and his ferocious right-footed shot, making him a prolific goalscorer. During his professional career, he scored 733 goals in 745 matches (41 goals in 64 matches for Portugal).

Eusébio helped Portugal to reach third place at the 1966 World Cup held in England, being the top goalscorer of the tournament with nine goals (including four in one match against North Korea).

Jimmy, 72, posted on Twitter (with the photos below): “Here on our travels stumbled across the crypt of one of the greatest footballers who ever graced a football pitch!”

Famous Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy is currently working on a cruise ship, which is sailing along the coasts of France, Portugal and Spain.

He and his wife May are on board the Magellan – a sailing vessel belonging to Cruise and Maritime Voyages.

Earlier on the cruise, he visited the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, the resting place for the relics of the apostle St James and the finishing point for a popular pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James).

Jimmy Cricket visited the tomb of legendary Portuguese footballer Eusébio

Visit to the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela

Jimmy Cricket posted some photographs on Twitter

Jimmy Cricket has paid a visit to a special cathedral during a day’s sight-seeing in north-west Spain.

The well-known Northern Irish entertainer is currently working on a cruise ship which is sailing along the coasts of France, Portugal and Spain.

He and his wife May are on board the Magellan – a sailing vessel belonging to Cruise and Maritime Voyages.

Jimmy posted on social media that he had visited the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, the resting place for the relics of the apostle St James and the finishing point for a popular pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James).

The cathedral is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela and is an integral part of the world heritage site in Galicia.

Dublin’s great genius wit himself… & Molly Malone!

Jimmy Cricket is on performing on the Magellan which visited Dublin

Famous funnyman Jimmy Cricket is currently working on a cruise ship which is sailing along the coasts of France, Portugal and Spain.

Jimmy, 72 and his wife May are on board the Magellan – a ship belonging to Cruise and Maritime Voyages. It’s a boat he has performed on previously.

The first stop after leaving Liverpool was Ireland and Belfast-born Jimmy posted on social media (see above): “Here at our first port of call, Dublin, where we bumped into the great genius wit himself [Oscar Wilde] and Molly Malone!”

Oscar Wilde, born in Dublin, was an Irish poet in the latter half of the 19th century and became one of London’s most popular playwrights at that time, being especially well-known for his witty portrayal of people and life in general.

As a result of being on the cruise, Jimmy has postponed his next ‘Charity Jam Night’ at St Vincent’s Parish Centre in Rochdale by one week until Tuesday 14 August.

Jimmy Cricket is performing on the Magellan cruise ship

‘Great night’ performing at Coopers Arms in Spain

Jimmy Cricket performed at the Coopers Arms in the town of Ciudad Quesada, near Alicante.

Jimmy Cricket enjoyed his customary early visit in the New Year to Spain recently.

The famous funnyman, 72, performed at the Coopers Arms in the town of Ciudad Quesada, not far from Alicante.

And afterwards Jimmy posted on the social media channel Twitter that it had been a “great night”.

He also did shows in Spain last January and in the summer.

Tenerife trip turns into a family affair at Skybar!

Jimmy Cricket performed at the Skybar in Tenerife

It was off to warmer climes for Jimmy Cricket at the start of the year, as he embarked on a trip to the Canary Islands.

Jimmy Cricket with three members of the Skybar audience

The visit had been in the pipeline for several months and was all down to Baz Hunter, the owner of Skybar in Tenerife who wanted to host the famous comedian at his venue (above).

Skybar has a programme of entertainment all year round and is one of the most popular night-time destinations for British tourists who holiday in this part of the Spanish island.

Jimmy’s trip was made all the more special as by sheer coincidence he also had family on the island holidaying at the same time.

This included his wife May’s sister, Margaret, her husband, Graham, and her son and daughter and their spouses (all are pictured below), ensuring there was quite a party who came along to support Jimmy at the Skybar.

This is not the only overseas trip for 71-year-old Jimmy during 2017, as in March he will be travelling over to appear at the Benidorm Palace in Spain.

And in April he will be performing on Easter Saturday at the Wayside Cheer Hotel in Guernsey.

Jimmy Cricket with wife May (pictured left) and members of her family

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, folks!

Jimmy Cricket's Christmas card features new US president Donald TrumpDear readers,

I cannot believe 2016 is coming to an end and the Christmas season is once more upon us.

This year has been a fantastic one for me personally as it all started back in January with a service led by the Bishop of Salford to formally award me with my Papal Knighthood.

During the year I have also been fortunate to have:

·         Been involved in some great shows, such as the You Must Be Joking, which toured Northern Ireland back in the spring, and the opening weekend of The Good Old Days autumn season at the world-famous City Varieties Theatre in Leeds

·         Made a couple of appearances alongside my friend Tony Crane and the iconic 60s band The Merseybeats

·         Had trips to Spain to appear in some lovely venues around the Costa Blanca region

·         Paid visits to the Warner Leisure sites at Nidd Hall in Harrogate and Bembridge on the Isle of Wight

·         Did a spring season at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

·         Continued to write a monthly column in the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post

·         And managed, at long last, to launch a new Christmas CD for the Francis House Children’s Hospice – a project I’ve been wanting to get off the ground for a couple of years. As I write this, I am nearing sales of more than 1,300 from this year’s festive period.

This Christmas I am at the White Rose Theatre in Leeds featuring in a panto production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

And then when we get into 2017, I immediately fly off to Tenerife for an appearance there early in the New Year!

And there’s more…

… Other highlights for 2017 include a return to the Benidorm Palace in March alongside Gerry and the Pacemakers; another residency back at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool over the winter, spring and the autumn; teaming up with my pals from  show band group Clubsound for a night in Northern Ireland In April; a visit to the Wayside Cheer Hotel in Guernsey over the Easter weekend; a voyage with Cruise & Maritime Voyages around the Faroe Islands in July; and plenty more to keep me out of mischief!

If you see me advertised at any venue near you in 2017, please do come along and say ‘Hi’!

That reminds me… can I thank all those who over the last year have either seen one of my shows, or browsed this website, or bought one of my CDs or DVDs.

All that remains for me to say, dear readers, is have a happy Christmas and a great start to the New Year!

Jimmy Cricket's signature

Off to sunny Spain (again), Y Viva Espana!

Jimmy Cricket with Spanish-based British entertainer Stevie Spit and female vocalist Kylie Burgazzi

Jimmy Cricket embarked on another trip to the south-west coast of Spain recently to entertain the local British ex-pat community living there.

It was the veteran comic’s third visit to the region in less than a year, as he is proving popular among audiences who now live in or who have retired to the Costa Blanca, and remember him from his many TV appearances in the 1980s.

Jimmy Cricket performing on stage

His most recent trip to the Alicante area kicked off with a show at the Emerald Isle in the La Florida complex in Orihuela.

Jimmy was joined on stage by the night’s host – Spanish-based British entertainer Stevie Spit – and was fabulously supported by the female vocalist Kylie Burgazzi (all are pictured above).

The show at the Emerald Isle was a sellout with a waiting list created for cancellations! Credit for making the evening happen must be extended to Paul Moran, the owner of the Emerald Isle (and pictured below with Jimmy).

As the night went so well, Paul has already asked Jimmy to consider making a return to the Emerald Isle during June 2017!

Jimmy Cricket with Emerald Isle owner Paul Moran

Jimmy Cricket to perform in Spain, Cyprus & Ireland

Pissouri Amphitheatre

Veteran comedian Jimmy Cricket is going international during the remainder of 2016.

Jimmy, 70, has plans to entertain in Spain during June, in Cyprus through September and in the Republic of Ireland in November.

His trip to the Costa Blanca during the first week of June involves appearances at The Emerald Isle and the Madhouse, both located in the Orihuela district of the Alicante region.

For more information on Jimmy’s appearances there, go to https://www.facebook.com/emeraldislelf and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Matrix-Madhouse/399223050228664

Then in September, Rochdale-based Jimmy will team up with Richard & Adam – who both featured in the 2013 series of Britain’s Got Talent – to tour some of the wonderful venues located in and around the lovely Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

The famous entertainer’s visit includes an appearance at the Pissouri Amphitheatre (pictured above) in the Limassol region of the island. For tickets to all of these Cypriot shows, please visit http://www.lyceumproductions.eu/

Jimmy will travel to County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland towards the backend of the year.

On Saturday 5 November, he will bring his stand-up comedy show to the Balor Arts Centre in Ballybofey.  He was last there eight years ago in the old venue, which has since been replaced by a brand new facility.

Belfast-born Jimmy is looking forward to returning to the venue as last time it was a full house! For tickets, please visit http://www.balorartscentre.finntech.ie/