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X Factor winner Steve Brookstein, The McCoys rock band and a nostalgic return to the 1970s

Such a great night, lastnight at Porthcawl's Trecco Bay Holiday Park's Golden Ticket Event, with the incredibly funny comedy legend Jimmy Cricket and the fabulous soulful vocalist and X Factor winner Steve Brookstein. Thanks to Kelly and her staff for their hospitality and to the fab crowd for packing the dancefloor!!

Jimmy Cricket had a trip down memory lane this weekend as he was taken back more than 40 years.

The popular Northern Irish comedian did a show at the Trecco Bay Holiday Park in Porthcawl, South Wales, where he first performed in 1976.

Along on the bill were sixties US rock group The McCoys, who are best known for their 1965 hit Hang on Sloopy.

The band posted on Facebook: “Such a great night, last night at Porthcawl’s Trecco Bay Holiday Park‘s Golden Ticket Event, with the incredibly funny comedy legend Jimmy Cricket and the fabulous soulful vocalist and X Factor winner Steve Brookstein.

“Thanks to Kelly and her staff for their hospitality and to the fab crowd for packing the dancefloor!!”


Visit to iconic Monument Valley & Viva Las Vegas!

Monument Valley in the United States

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 dancing waters 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 Cricket and daughter Jamie in Las Vegas

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.

Jimmy Cricket on Sky in 2013

Jimmy Cricket already has an exciting 2013 lined up.

And you can see him live on stage at a nearby venue – or on television.

Highlights of the coming year include:

– Appearing in Sky1’s new comedy series called John Bishop’s Only Joking, scheduled for January and February

– A  return to the open seas as he is making an appearance on P&O’s Aurora cruise ship where he will feature in a leg of the ship’s world cruise during February between Honolulu, the southern-most major US city, and Papeete, capital of French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean

Jimmy Cricket and the Good Old Days

– Featuring in a tour of Northern Ireland with the legendary comic showband, Clubsound – this show has proved so popular that the tour’s promoter has had to arrange a second leg!

– Headlining a national Music Hall Tour, which will visit places such as Nottingham, Cardiff, Ipswich and Tunbridge Wells to name just a few

– Appearing at Dave’s Comedy Festival in Leicester during February

–  Headlining the summer season show at the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton, Norfolk, over the main six-week holiday period

– Continuing to tour with his Value for a Tenner show, with dates at Bathgate, New Brighton, Whitley Bay and Bungay already lined up for next year

In aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care

Jimmy Cricket performing at a show for the David Whitfield Commemorative Society

Jimmy Cricket has performed for the David Whitfield Commemorative Society for the second time this year.

The famous Irish comedian appeared at the Palace Theatre in Mansfield in May and he followed up with another show for the society, formed in memory of 1950s singing star David Whitfield, at the Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre in the town of Billingshurst, West Sussex.

Jimmy Cricket with Vernon Brand
Comedian Jimmy with Vernon Brand

The two principal organisers of the society are Jeffrey Kemp and Vernon Brand, who together form JK Productions.

Part of the proceeds from both shows were donated to the Marie Curie Cancer Care appeal.

Hull-born David Whitfield began his singing career in the city’s working men’s clubs after being de-mobbed from the Royal Navy in 1950 and found fame after taking part in talent programme, Opportunity Knocks, on Radio Luxembourg.

He had a number of songs that topped the charts in the UK and US, including Answer Me, I Believe and Cara Mia.

Whitfield, whose label was Decca Records, was the first male singer to receive a gold disc for one million record sales and the first British artist to enter the US top 10 chart.

The singer died in 1980 at the age of 53, while touring in Australia.