TO CELEBRATE the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year Eastbourne’s oldest theatre the Royal Hippodrome Theatre is taking you on a Sentimental Journey back to the 1950s, 60s and more, with a traditional variety show staged by Lee-Moon Productions.
The show will run on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from May 1 until September 26th and variety fans are in for a treat.
Topping the bill is Mammy’s boy Jimmy Cricket who always reads a letter from his Mammy in his show.
Jimmy is unable to appear on June 19 and 20 and on July 11, so topping the bill those nights will be 60s icon Jess Conrad.
At the launch on Thursday April 19 Jimmy did not let us down. He appeared in his funny hat and his wellie boots on the wrong feet and ready his letter from Mammy.
Like many famous comedians today Jimmy started as a Redcoat at Butlins in Clacton in the late 60s then he went to Pontins before he played the Northern club circuit where many a comedian cut his teeth.
One of his ardent supporters is his wife May, “She wears many hats, she sings and she has born me four children,” he said.
He has two boys and two girls but only Katy has followed in her father’s footsteps.
“Katy does the comedy clubs and my son Frankie is a Roman Catholic priest.
“He becomes a Deacon soon and next year he will be ordained. In the meantime he has been appointed a priest at the Olympic Village for the Olympic Games,” he said.
His eldest son is a Lib Dem Councillor in Jimmy’s home town of Rochdale and his other daughter Jamie teaches autistic children in Rochdale.
Sharing the bill with Jimmy is Colin Gold who shot to fame after appearing as Billy Fury in the 1996 TV show Stars in Their Eyes.
“I was working as a bus driver and was working under a bus for Barry (Moon) when I got a call from Chris Raynor, guitarist in the original Billy Fury band. He asked me if I would be interested in singing as Billy Fury in a show to keep Fury’s music alive.”
Colin thought it was a joke and put the phone down but it was a genuine call and he has been touring with the band ever since.
He will combine the Royal Hippodrome Show with the Billy Fury Show.
Barry Moon and Mike Lee will compere the show and do their individual acts and Tracey Lea will appear as Connie Francis. Completing the line-up are The Show Time Dancers.
Sentimental Journey is at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 8.15pm from May 1 to September 26.