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A ‘lovely St Patrick’s Day celebration’ in Lancashire

It was a lovely, “St Patrick’s Day”, celebration today @BRCTheatreGroup my thanks to Leigh and all the volunteers with Alex on sound and Nick on lights and Guy the stage manager alongside Dansworks Dance Academy and Mrs C. singing a few Irish songs!

Northern Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket celebrated St Patrick’s Day in style.

The popular entertainer performed one of his Great Value for a Tenner comedy shows at the Royal Court Theatre in Bacup, Lancashire, on Sunday.

Afterwards, he posted on social media: “It was a lovely, “St Patrick’s Day”, celebration today my thanks to Leigh and all the volunteers with Alex on sound and Nick on lights and Guy the stage manager alongside Dansworks Dance Academy and Mrs C. singing a few Irish songs! ☘️

The Royal Court Theatre was the venue nine years ago for the recording of his first DVD, Jimmy Cricket Live – Pull Your Seats Forward. It can only be bought via the Go Shopping page on this website or at one of Jimmy’s live shows.

St Patrick’s Day, also known as the Feast of St Patrick, is a religious and cultural celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of St Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Return to Bacup theatre for St Patrick’s Day show

JUST £10 FOR ADULTS/£5 FOR CHILDREN Jimmy Cricket - Great Value for a Tenner Comedy Show Featuring Dancers from Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts CIC Sunday 17th March 2019 Book Now - www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/489130 Tickets also available from Wishes Galore, Rochdale Road, Bacup. You pay no booking fee at Wishes Galore! #jimmycricket #comedylegend #livecomedy #familyentertainment #rossendale #rossendalevalleyFamous funnyman Jimmy Cricket is performing again at the Lancashire theatre where he recorded his DVD.

Jimmy Cricket Live – Pull Your Seats Forward was created by the popular comedian’s family company, Wellie Boot Productions, in 2010 at the Royal Court Theatre in Bacup, Lancashire, near Jimmy’s adopted home of Rochdale in Greater Manchester.

And the Northern Irish entertainer returns to the venue on Sunday – St Patrick’s Day – for one of his Great Value for a Tenner comedy shows.

Belfast-born Jimmy produced the DVD in response to the overwhelming public clamour that suggested there was a real demand for a recording of his stand-up entertainment.

Jimmy Cricket Live - Pull Your Seats Forward

The DVD is an hour and 10 minutes long and includes Jimmy’s favourite routines, a phone call and letter from his mammy, his famous Leaving Home poem, his sentimental ballad called I’m Dreaming of a Far off Land and 20 minutes of extras.

Around 8,000 copies of the DVD have been sold, which is particularly impressive as it is not available in retail outlets; it can only be bought via the Go Shopping page on this website or at one of his live shows.

Jimmy posted on social media this week: “Looking forward to my return to the Theatre were I recorded my DVD nine years ago for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations this coming Sunday with Dansworks Dance Academy and a few Irish songs from Mrs C. ☘️

The full details for the show are below:

😁JUST £10 FOR ADULTS/£5 FOR CHILDREN😁
Jimmy Cricket – Great Value for a Tenner Comedy Show
Featuring Dancers from Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts CIC
Sunday 17 March 2019
Book Now – www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/489130
Tickets also available from Wishes Galore, Rochdale Road, Bacup. You pay no booking fee at Wishes Galore!
#jimmycricket #comedylegend #livecomedy#familyentertainment #rossendale #rossendalevalley

Below: watch an interview with Jimmy about his DVD.

Irish-themed show in Ribble Valley village

Jimmy Cricket with friends

Jimmy Cricket recently returned to the quaint Ribble Valley village of West Bradford near Clitheroe for another fund-raising event.

The Northern Irish entertainer was last at the Lancashire village’s community hall in 2015 and organiser Michael Fox had hoped to snap up his services again after what was a successful first event.

Jimmy Cricket

As Jimmy had been down to appear in neighbouring towns and villages of the Ribble Valley, Michael has had to wait a couple of years.

Jimmy’s return coincided with this year’s St Patrick’s Day festivities as the show ended up being scheduled for the Friday after 17 March.

It gave Michael and his organising team good cause to make the event into an Irish-themed one, with tricolour flags out in force. Michael even turned up in a green tie (top picture)!

For this second successful appearance, Jimmy was joined by his wife, female vocalist May Marion, and Jim Nicholas of Cliff’s Disco – who dressed up as Elvis Presley for the evening (below).

Jim Nicholas of Cliff’s Disco dressed up as Elvis Presley

St Patrick’s Day week starts on Hayling Island

Jimmy Cricket performing

Jimmy Cricket performingFamous funnyman Jimmy Cricket began St Patrick’s Day week with a visit to the Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island in Hampshire.

It was not Jimmy’s first visit to Mill Rythe as he has been there on several occasions in the past.

In fact, he was at the resort a couple of years ago helping those holidaying at the resort to celebrate St Pat’s week in style, as was the case this year when he opened their 2017 Irish festival.

Mill Rythe is a favoured location for Jimmy as the set-up is technically advanced and state-of-the-art.

They have live video feeds of stage performers screened on TV monitors around the main cabaret room, as well as great lighting and a fantastic sound system.

It means those entertaining get the best of environments in which to ply their trade, while the audience are treated to the best all-round experience.

The Scattering play on ‘Jimmy’s Jammers’ night

Audience at Jimmy Cricket's night of entertainment

Jimmy Cricket was delighted local Gaelic rock outfit The Scattering were able to join him at his latest ‘jam’ night in Rochdale.

What started several years ago as an opportunity for Jimmy and other performers to try out new routines continues with much success as he still hosts these evenings every other month in the lounge area of a local parish centre in his home town of Rochdale.

The famous entertainer has nicknamed those who come to regularly support these evenings as ‘Jimmy’s Jammers’!

Every time the 71-year-old comedian hosts these get-togethers there is a raffle and the selling of refreshments, with all proceeds donated to a chosen charity. The Rochdale And District Blind Welfare Society was the cause to benefit from the latest event in March.

Band The Scattering

Jimmy tries to structure these evenings in a way which not only gives him the chance to try out new sketches and songs – the reason he started organising them in the first place – but he also ensures there are a number of other talented entertainers performing.

As the March night was a week or so before St Patrick’s Day, he invited The Scattering (above) to join him as he knows the band’s lead singer, Andy Kelly.

Said Jimmy: “The band played an instrumental set during the first half, but Andy was able to front the band in the second half when they performed classic Irish singalongs which went down a treat with all those present.”

The next ‘Jimmy’s jammers’ night at St Vincent’s Parish Centre in Rochdale is scheduled for Wednesday 3 May, starting at 7.30pm.

Jimmy Cricket and fellow performers

Irish comic set for hectic St Patrick’s Day period

St Patrick’s Day event set for repeat

Jimmy with Clare Bowles and Marianne KavanaghA St Patrick’s Day event featuring famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket was so successful that he was immediately booked again for next year!

The Northern Irish comedian appeared at a specially arranged lunch for St Pat’s Day 2014, which was held at the iconic Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool.

Jimmy is pictured with Clare Bowles in the photograph below left and, right, both of them are joined by Marianne Kavanagh. The photos were posted by Clare on Facebook.

Jimmy Cricket with Clare BowlesThe event was organised by the Adelphi Hotel and because it went down so well, within 24 hours it was decided to have the same again for the 2015 St Patrick’s celebrations.

And for next year’s show they did not hesitate to rebook Jimmy as they had received so much interest from people for a repeat performance.

The Edwardian-style Adelphi hotel is internationally renowned and was the focus of the  fly-on-the-wall TV documentary series Hotel.

Appearing in Rochdale AFC’s fanzine

Rochdale FC fanzine showing comedian Jimmy Cricket alongside the then manager Dave Sutton
Rochdale FC fanzine showing Jimmy Cricket alongside then manager Dave Sutton

Jimmy Cricket was reminded recently of the day he featured on the front page of the Rochdale Football Club fanzine.

It was in April 1997 when the famous Irish comedian appeared in a photograph alongside the then Rochdale FC manager Dave Sutton.

Jimmy has been a resident of the town of Rochdale for nearly 40 years and, like any other football fan, he has from time to time kept an eye on how his local team have been getting on.

This interest extended to him helping them out with a few initiatives back in the 1990s when the then commercial director – a charismatic man called Les Duckworth – was involved with the club  – and he and Jimmy got on really well.

Les’s dad had a music hall connection and Les was passionate about live theatre, which meant he and Jimmy has a lot in common.

As a result of this, Jimmy popped down to Rochdale to help Les out with the occasional fundraiser and presentation, and other initiatives at the club.

This even went as far Jimmy trying to record a comedy football song with the team though it did not go too well as the players’ collective singing ability was not as good as their performances on the pitch!

Jimmy also arranged a comedy five-a-side football match to take place during the half-time interval at one of the midweek matches.

When Les left the club, Jimmy’s association fell away, though he insists: “I was thrilled to see Rochdale at last get to Wembley a few ago when they reached the League Two play-off final.

“I hope that under Rochdale’s current manager, John Coleman, they have a successful season and bounce straight back into League One after last season’s relegation.”

Jimmy’s thanks go to Dale fan Chris Rodgers for sending in a copy of the front cover of the fanzine which is featured above

Headlining St Patrick’s Day show

Jimmy Cricket is featured in the Mill Rythe Holiday Village internal newspaper called The Guest
Jimmy Cricket is featured in the Mill Rythe Holiday Village internal newspaper called The Guest

Northern Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket already knows where he will be on St Patrick’s Day next year.

The famous funnyman appeared at the Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island near Portsmouth in Hampshire recently – and was immediately invited back.

He will perform over the weekend marking the 2013 St Pat’s celebrations at the holiday village, having been asked to headline the main show on 17 March itself!

Jimmy had a great reception for his recent show and was full of praise for Jack – the centre’s entertainments manager who provided great assistance to the comedian during his visit.

Mill Rythe used to be part of the Warner classic holiday villages network, but is now owned by the Away Resorts Company. They also own two other holiday centres  – at Whitecliff Bay on the Isle of Wight and Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire.

Night out with Ricky Tomlinson

Happy days... From left: Con, Ricky, Lauren, Maria and Jimmy
Happy days... From left: Con, Ricky, Lauren, Maria and Jimmy

Jimmy Cricket appeared at The Greenroom in Liverpool city centre as part of a St Patrick’s Day extravaganza on eve of the big day itself (16 March).

Ricky, Lauren and Jimmy
Ricky, Lauren and Jimmy

Also featured on this Irish-themed night of fun and frivolity was Con Cluskey from The Bachelors.

The Greenroom club on Duke Street is partly owned by famous comedian and actor Ricky Tomlinson.

Along with Jimmy, Ricky and Con on these pictures is Maria and her daughter Lauren – Maria and Jimmy share a good friend in John McArthy who was also at The Greenroom with his wife, Betty and daughter Erika.

Maria’s husband, Phil, is a DJ who goes around raising money for the local Liverpool Flame group which John McArthy helps to organise. The Flame Group sends disabled people over to Lourdes for Easter week from the Merseyside region.

Ricky, Maria and Jimmy
Ricky, Maria and Jimmy

Lauren and Jimmy
Lauren and Jimmy

Ricky with Lauren and Jimmy
Ricky with Lauren and Jimmy