Elvis is alive and well in Porthcawl

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Elvis enjoying the "surf" at Porthcawl?

There have been so many sightings of Elvis Presley since his death 26 years ago that I wasn’t even sure whether to believe this press release when it landed in my in-box.

But yes, this is true. At Porthcawl, the seaside resort in South Wales where I used to be taken as a special treat when I was a kid, the 10th annual Elvis festival will take place. But how big is the appeal of an Elvis event? Might it attract a couple of hundred? A thousand? A couple of thousand? The organisers are expecting well over 10,000 people to descend on this family beach town.

Apparently this is the biggest Elvis celebration outside the city of Memphis in Tennessee where he lived for most of his life and where his home, Graceland, is.

The history of the festival is unlike any other. It began as a PR stunt in the form of a one-off documentary organised by Peter Philips in order to save the town’s historical Grand Pavilion theatre from closing. The documentary gained a huge amount of unexpected publicity and now, ten years down the line, the entire town gets “caught in a trap” of live music, fancy dress and buckets of fun according to the organisers.

The festival will launch on Friday 27th September with a Champagne reception. Festival-goers will be treated to one hundred well-known Elvis tribute bands throughout the weekend performing across the town in pubs, hotels or in the Grand Pavilion. There will even be a one-mile charity walk for those who are in the blue suede shoes of the King.

So if you’re in Portcawl or the area this weekend and you see Elvis walking by, don’t ring up The Sun to let them know. Just join in the fun.

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