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The king of all rock n’ roll charity fundraisers

PUBLISHED: 17:45 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:41 25 August 2010

BLUE SUEDE TWO:

BLUE SUEDE TWO:

AN ELVIS night raised hundreds of pounds for research into a nerve disease.

AN ELVIS night raised hundreds of pounds for research into a nerve disease.

Some of the country's best Elvis impersonators sang songs including Heartbreak Hotel and Hound Dog at the Great Harry Pub, in Parsonage Manorway, Belvedere, last Sunday.

Tributes to the King of Memphis, including Best UK Jumpsuit Elvis 2009 Pat Byrne, attracted some 200 fans and raised £700 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Organiser and Elvis fan James Tolley, of Chapman Road, Belvedere, said: "It was a special night. We had fans from all over the country come down for us. It was a real Elvis-fest.

"We had three of the best impersonators in the country. At the end they came back on stage and jammed together.

"They sang Please Release Me and Suspicious Minds. For a committed follower, it was a must-see."

The 37-year-old organised the night with Anita Hurst, a 40-year-old Elvis promoter of Hythe Avenue, Bexleyheath.

Herself a fan of the Blue Suede Shoes singer, Miss Hurst sports eight Elvis tattoos and used her contacts to book some of the UK's top imitations.

Whilst impersonators Byrne and Anthony Shore dressed as a jump-suited 1970s Elvis, Pete Storm sang kitted in black leather to play the swinging 60s favourite.

The night also featured Darren John, a 'gospel' Elvis.

Mr Tolley, who runs a flower stall outside the Great Harry, added: "I've watched my mother suffer from MS so I wanted to do something positive and fun about it."

Around 85,000 people in the UK are thought to suffer from multiple sclerosis, which causes the body to attack the central nervous system.

Twice as many women are affected by the disease as men. For more information visit www.mssociety.org.uk.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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