Irish comic Jimmy Cricket will put on his walking wellies next month as he takes part in an annual pro-life walk.
The ever-popular comedian will join the Archbishop Emeritus of Liverpool, Patrick Kelly, and Lord David Alton of Liverpool, among many others, on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th May, for the annual Right To Life sponsored walk.
“It’s wonderful that Jimmy Cricket is walking with us this year,” said Lord Alton. “Usually, a son walks in his father’s footsteps but Jimmy will be doing this in reverse, in his trademark wellington boots,” he added, explaining that Mr Cricket’s son, Fr Frankie Mulgrew, a Salford priest, has been a regular participant in the Right To Life Walk.
The walk is an eight-mile circular trek and will start and finish, as in previous years, at St Michael and St John’s parish church in Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Clitheroe, and will be guided by parish priest Mgr John Corcoran and his team of helpers.
Lord Alton said that while the walk through the stunning Ribble Valley is fun and an enjoyable family day out, the reasons behind it are very serious.
“Right To Life and Life are two charities that unfailingly support the work of pro-life parliamentarians. It’s crucial that charities such as these are able to continue to provide them with information, research, and support,” he told The Universe.
Lord Alton also noted that this year’s walk would be particularly enjoyable for families thanks to Mr Cricket’s participation.
“We’ll be waiting to see if he appears in his stage outfit of cut-off evening trousers, dinner jacket, hat and wellington boots marked ‘L’ and ‘R’ for left and right, but possibly, hiking boots will be more in order,” he said.
Pope Francis awarded Mr Cricket the Knight of St Gregory in 2015, in recognition of his work for charity.
• If you are able to attend the sponsored walk, it is important that you contact Moira Billinge at [email protected] or on 0754 511 8743 as soon as possible to obtain the sponsor and booking forms.
If you cannot take part on this occasion, Right To Life has asked people to perhaps consider sponsoring the event.
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