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One of Blackpool’s favourite funnymen, Jimmy Cricket, is looking for a new woman.

The comedian has launched a search across the North West for the missing link in his wartime musical about the last Irishman to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

Let’s Hear It For The Wee Man premieres on St Patrick’s Day at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn, and is based on the poignant true story of acting leading seaman Jim Magennis.

During an attack on a Japanese cruiser in Singapore in World War II, Magennis showed outstanding bravery by leaving his submarine for a second time to free some explosive charges which had got caught.

He returned home to Belfast a hero, but fell on hard times and was forced to sell his VC medal.

His wife, Edna, was Bradford-born and bred, and Jimmy is looking for someone to play her part. She will sing three songs in the musical.

Jimmy, who will be the narrator for the show, says: “The one role yet to be cast in the musical is that of Edna. She turns up in the second half when Jim has moved back to Belfast. Being a mum with three small children, her first song is Worry Is A Mother’s Middle Name. We’re looking for a girl in her late 20s or early 30s, who can sing, act and ring the emotion out of a big ballad.”

Go to to hear the songs. Anyone interested in the role should contact the show’s director Marje Brayshaw on (01204) 460661 or email The musical is on from March 17-19, with a matinee on the Saturday. The opening night is already sold out, with 80 per cent of the proceeds going to Help for Heroes.

Tickets, cost £10 from (01254) 685500.