THE much-loved Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket is bringing his family-friendly comedy show to the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph – in aid of Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Jimmy will arrive for the show on Saturday, May 19 equipped with one-liners galore, a sprinkling of visual comedy and that ever present letter from his mammy.

It starts at 7.30pm with tickets costing £10 (or £5 for children) and is the latest fundraising event by the comedian who brings in thousands of pounds every year for charity.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Jmmmy has lived in Rochdale for many years. He was recently awarded the Papal Knighthood. His daughter Katie Mulgrew is a stand-up comedian herself. His catchphrases "Come ‘ere’ and ‘There’s more’ still get big laughs as do his letter to his mammy. His wellies are famously labelled L and R.

A spokesperson for the Arts Centre said: “Jimmy is a real pro and is still very active doing his shows and point every year.

“A true professional, skilled in good old-fashioned entertainment, never resorting to coarse language, meaning the whole family from 9 to 99 can enjoy his warm humour.

“I think since the success of ‘Last Laugh in Vegas’ on ITV recently, there is a renewed interest in these old-school performers.”