Funnyman Jimmy Cricket receives a warm welcome in Sabden

Jimmy with young fans Hannah Woodward (9) and Joseph Cookson (6)

Jimmy with young fans Hannah Woodward (9) and Joseph Cookson (6)

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The laughs kept coming and coming when top funnyman Jimmy Cricket came to Sabden.

The much loved comedian with his trademark turned down wellies brought the house down at a packed St Mary’s Hall, Sabden, as he led an evening of music and comedy.

His jokes and tomfoolery were non-stop and he has lost none of his talent for comedy juggling and playing the saxophone as the audience discovered; and he received a standing ovation at the end of the night.

He was accompanied by his entertainer wife, singer May Marion, and Fr Kevin Murphy from Our Lady of the Valley parish who played guitar and sang a range of popular songs. The evening was compered by Sabden’s own former Herman’s Hermit Kevan Lingard, who sang and joked his way through the evening. It was a fabulous night organised by Pauline Hindle and friends, and as a bonus raised £731 for church funds.

St Mary’s set the scene to welcome the comedian by having the stage backdrop painted in tribute to him by Sabden artist Jill Wright and he said it was wonderful to receive such a warm welcome.