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Elvis fan faces snow hope of concert win

PUBLISHED: 11:10 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:29 25 August 2010

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A TALENT show to be held in honour of the King hangs in the balance due to blizzard conditions sweeping the country. Elvis fan Pete Storm, of Elm Road, Sidcup, was due to take part in the European Elvis Tribute Artist championships in Blackpool, but hi

A TALENT show to be held in honour of the 'King' hangs in the balance due to blizzard conditions sweeping the country.

Elvis fan Pete Storm, of Elm Road, Sidcup, was due to take part in the European Elvis Tribute Artist championships in Blackpool, but his plans could be blocked by snow.

Mr Storm's heat is set to start tomorrow and he will be flying the flag for Bexley borough, up against over 100 other tribute acts at Norbreck Castle.

He said: "It's my first ever championship. We're supposed to be driving up there but it's looking a bit dicey because of the snow.

"I first started singing Elvis songs five years ago at a karaoke event. Someone said I was good and should perform him, so I did.

"He was a one off, a fantastic entertainer, there's no one else like him."

For his heat he will perform two songs, Let Yourself Go and Memories.

Only five acts from 25 in his heat will go through to the quarter-finals.

The winner will get a £1,000, trophy and a jumpsuit designed by Elvis Presley's original fashion designer, Gene Doucette.

Mr Storm's first jumpsuit he bought from Charleston-based costume makers B&K Enterprises in the US, was the classic white nail suit for £900. Fans can pay upwards of £3,000 for some of the King's flashiest garb, including an Arabian suit for a cool $4,400.

Mr Storm said: "I've always been a fan of Elvis, my favourite song of his tends to change over the years. I like music from his different eras from the 1950s to the '70s.

"The one I really like at the moment is: Until It's Time For You To Go.

"Who knows, if I get to the final I might sing it."

In May last year he joined Anthony Shore and other top Elvis performers at the Great Harry Pub, in Parsonage Manorway, Belvedere, to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity, Multiple Sclerosis.

martin.sawden@archant.co.uk

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