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Raising funds for St Boniface in Lancaster

Had a wonderful night at Bentham Town Hall pictured here with organisers Brian and Mavis Mason with fellow act Jonathan Young alongside Fr Frank for St Boniface Parish Funds!

Famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket helped raise funds for a church in Lancaster earlier this month.

The Northern Irish comedian performed at Bentham Town Hall in the Lancashire city on Saturday 10 November in aid of St Boniface Roman Catholic Church.

Also on the show was Jimmy’s wife May Marion and their good friend Jonathan Young from The Bachelors.

The church’s website said the event was a sellout and “a very enjoyable evening”.

Jimmy tweeted the photos above and added: “Had a wonderful night at Bentham Town Hall pictured here with organisers Brian and Mavis Mason with fellow act Jonathan Young alongside Fr Frank for St Boniface Parish Funds!”

 

 

A pleasure working for showbiz legend & friend

Always a pleasure working for showbiz Legend and friend, Mr Johnny Manns, (in conjunction with Barbara Lindsey), alongside my other friend and musical arranger David Carter, with fellow pro’s Con and Dec, “The Bachelors” tonight at the Ivy Leaf Club!

Jimmy Cricket worked again recently with someone he describes as a “showbiz legend”.

The Northern Irish comedian was performing on a show at the Ivy Leaf Club in Whittlesey, Peterborough on Friday 19 October, which was organised by Johnny Mans and his production team in association with Barbara Lindsey.

Jimmy, 73, posted on social media: “Always a pleasure working for showbiz Legend and friend, Mr Johnny Mans, (in conjunction with Barbara Lindsey), alongside my other friend and musical arranger David Carter, with fellow pros Con and Dec, “The Bachelors” tonight at the Ivy Leaf Club!”

Johnny is the third generation of a showbiz family with his grandfather being a Yorkshire comedian and his grandmother a dancer with the Tiller Girls, a popular dance troupe famous for their high-kicking routines and who once counted former House Of Commons Speaker Baroness Boothroyd as a member.

His mother also became a Tiller Girl, as well as being a pantomime producer and a dance school teacher. Johnny’s six sisters were professional dancers, one of them touring with Arthur Lucan (Old Mother Riley) and another in Kirby’s Flying Ballet.

Johnny performed in his mother’s pantomime productions from the age of eight and after several years he developed his own comedy act and became one of the famous Carroll Levis discoveries, appearing on television from the Aston Studios in Birmingham.

Over the years Johnny appeared in theatres with star names of that era, including the famous American comedy duo The Bernard Brothers.

He also worked with Derek Roy, Jimmy Young, Marty Wilde, Ronnie Hilton and for a while joined the holiday camp world, first as a Redcoat and then a short spell as a Bluecoat, becoming an entertainment manager at the age of just 21.

The world of clubland also beckoned and he performed throughout the UK. After five summer seasons in Jersey in various productions, he eventually turned his hand to producing his own shows, being an agent and manager and also a concert promoter.

Since the early 1980s, he has been a prominent name in the entertainment world, having managed major stars such as Sir Norman Wisdom, Anne Shelton, Max Bygraves, Danny La Rue, Nicholas Parsons, Jon Pertwee and many other celebrities.

He has also produced and promoted shows for big names such as Des O’Connor, Cilla Black, The Platters, Bob Monkhouse, Val Doonican, Suzi Quatro, Little & Large, Tom O’Connor, John Inman and Dame Vera Lynn.

In 2009 he took over Encore magazine, printed every two months for the entertainment industry.

Charity is also a major part of Johnny’s life and over the past 40 years he has been involved with many fundraising organisations, including the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund (now the Royal Variety Charity), the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and the British Heart Foundation.

Johnny, who is also a family man, has produced shows at Buckingham Palace in the company of several members of the Royal Family.

Jimmy Cricket’s play delights Blackburn Empire Theatre audience

Jimmy Cricket tweeted: My thanks to Jonathan Young and @ColinMeredith52 for tonight’s performance of, “No More Fiffing and Faffing” and to the great reception we got from the audience @ThwaitesEmpire!

Jimmy Cricket’s first play got a great reception from the audience on its debut performance – and was watched by a special guest.

No more Fiffing and Faffing was staged for the first time at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday evening.

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

Among the audience was Lady Anne Dodd, widow of famous comedian Sir Ken Dodd who died aged 90 in May this year.

Jimmy tweeted after the show: “A big thank you to my friends , neighbours and supporters for coming to my new play last night at the Blackburn Empire.. A special thanks to Lady Anne Dodd. To see you all there was heart warming.”

He also posted on social media: “My thanks to Jonathan Young and for tonight’s performance of, “No More Fiffing and Faffing” and to the great reception we got from the audience !”

 

Jimmy Cricket’s play just days away – don’t miss it!

Jimmy Cricket's new play is called No more Fiffing and Faffing

The one and only performance of Jimmy Cricket’s first play is now only a few days away.

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.

BBC Radio Lancashire interview about first play

New #theatre show about a #comedy double act on their last night in the spotlight called #NoMoreFiffingandFaffing on @ThwaitesEmpire. The very funny @jimmy__cricket, @ColinMeredith52 who's been in lots of TV shows chat 2 @Gillylancs on @BBCLancashire👂➡️https://www.bbc.co.uk/radiolancashire – at BBC Radio Lancashire

Jimmy Cricket has been interviewed on BBC Radio Lancashire about the staging of his first play later this month.

The famous comedian was accompanied by fellow actor Colin Meredith to talk about No more Fiffing and Faffing, which will be performed at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday 16 September at 7.30pm.

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

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

Listen to Jimmy and Colin chatting to BBC Radio Lancashire presenter John Gillmore here (the interview starts at 1.50.20)

Read more about the play and book online 

Jimmy Cricket's new play is called No more Fiffing and Faffing

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!"

Settling some old scores in the dressing room…

Jimmy Cricket's new play is called No more Fiffen and Faffen

The world premiere of Jimmy Cricket’s play is now just two months away.

No more Fiffing and Faffing will be staged for the first time 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.

Read more about the play and book online here.

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

No more Fiffing and Faffing – the poster

Jimmy Cricket's new play is called No more Fiffen and Faffen

Here’s the poster publicising Jimmy Cricket’s forthcoming play, No more Fiffing and Faffing.

It will be staged for the first time at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday 16 September at 7.30pm.

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.

Read more about the play and book online here.

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

Jimmy, 72, has previously written three musicals, Let’s Hear It For The Wee Man, Maloney’s Big Moment and Give Me One Good Season.

Rochdale charity gala to Birmingham bingo club

Mayor of Rochdale's charity gala

Jimmy Cricket was given a fabulous reception at two shows during the last weekend of January.

On the Friday, the 71-year-old popular entertainer was invited to perform at the Mayor of Rochdale’s charity gala at the Heywood Civic Centre.

The event was organised by his friend of many years, Cllr Peter Rush. Appearing alongside Jimmy was John Stokes’ Bachelors, comedian Dusty Young (who compered the proceedings), and the band Carnaby Street.

Jimmy Cricket performing at the Mayor of Rochdale's charity gala at the Heywood Civic Centre
Jimmy at the gala

It was staged in the presence of this year’s Mayor of Rochdale – Cllr Ray Dutton. All the proceeds from this special night of entertainment went to local Rochdale and Heywood Charities that are supported by this year’s Mayor.

The next night, Rochdale-based comedian Jimmy was down in Birmingham where he appeared at the BJ’s Bingo club (poster for the event is below) in the Kitts Green district of the city.

This was the second BJ’s Bingo club Jimmy had visited in six months,  as he was at their venue in Leigh last October.

Many thanks must go to the Birmingham general manager David Cooksley for arranging Jimmy’s visit.

BJ’s Bingo club

The day a legend arrived on public transport

The late American singer and actor Bing Crosby is the subject of Jimmy Cricket’s latest column in the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post.

Well-known entertainer Jimmy recalls when Crosby, “none other than the Old Groaner himself”, used public transport instead of a limousine when he appeared in a show in Preston in the late 1970s.

Crosby’s trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with more than half a billion records in circulation – including probably his best known, White Christmas.

“The reasons why Bing took the train instead of plumping for a chauffeur-driven limo are shrouded in mystery, but my guess is that he was a regular guy who liked mixing with ordinary people,” says Jimmy.

Northern Irish comedian Jimmy  is headlining Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Charter Theatre in Preston – where he made his pantomime debut in 1981 – over the Christmas and New Year period.

Bing Crosby is the subject of Jimmy Cricket's latest Lancashire Evening Post column