Jimmy Cricket’s wellies stolen

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COMMEDIAN Jimmy Cricket has spoken of his sadness after a pair of concrete wellington boots that he considered “a family heirloom” were stolen from outside his home near Manchester.

The Cookstown-born and Belfast-bred comic posted a picture of the boots, signed for him by fellow comedian Ken Dodds for his 50th birthday, on his Twitter account on Wednesday and said he was “gutted”.

He tweeted: “Gutted. Just noticed the pair of concrete wellingtons that ken Dodd gave me as a present for my 50th birhday have gone missing from outside.” (sic)

Speaking on BBC’s Stephen Nolan Show on Friday he said he was “a wee bit sad, a bit upset” because of what happened.

Mr Dodd had given him the specially made wellies as a birthday gift when he attended Mr Cricket’s 50th birthday party 17 years ago. He added the wellies were like a family heirmloom and of great sentimental value.

Ever the funnyman, Mr Cricket went on to joke about the weight of the wellies and said police would need to “look for a burglar with a hernia”.

Greater Manchester Police said they were investigating the incident.