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Newsletter No. 10 Autumn/Winter 2013/14

Good Morning, Well so much has happened since the last Newsletter that I hardly know where to start… apart, that is, with an apology for this issue being smaller than most simply because we needed to include so many other brochures with it that we’d be over our postal weight limit if we’d kept it to the normal size. That means that some of the items that we’d planned for this issue are being held over to the next. Right then – what a Summer that was. Our two August tours were rip-roaring successes with Neil and Nick dispatched to Germany with our Bad Nauheim and Friedberg tour and Carol and myself heading off to Tupelo and Memphis and then continuing on our extension option to Fort Chaffee, Shreveport and New Orleans (see mini-reports on pages 4 & 5). Both groups had a whale of a time and when I get a chance I’ll put a full report onto our website. But if those were good, the Elvis Festival at Great Yarmouth was an absolute knock-out. This year we took back control of our own event and made some badly needed changes; introducing lots of new entertainment and activities, more bands, more guests and lots more enjoyment. The event was headlined by the fantastic TCB Band and I must share one story with you. On the drive to their Heathrow hotel in readiness for their early morning return flights I told them the story of the American Air Force

bomber squadrons that were based at airfields dotted all over East Anglia. They were fascinated and so as we were about to pass Duxford I asked if they’d like to visit one such base (now, of course, one of the best Air Museums in the world).

cream of America’s military aircraft – ranging from the old B17 ‘Flying Fortress’ to the U2 and Blackbird spy planes. On entering the hanger there was an exclamation of “My baby” from Glen as he recognized the aircraft carrier version of the Super Sabre jets that he remembered from his days in the US Navy. We’d arrived at about 11:00am and I’d expected to be out of there by 1:30pm or 2:00pm at the latest. I think they threw us out at 5:00pm as they needed to close! I tell that story to highlight that there really is a special relationship between the UK and the USA, that you never know when ‘special moments’ (and that was most definitely one of those!) are going to happen and to add that James, Glen and Norbert all said that their visit to Vauxhall and appearance at the Elvis Festival was their best ever visit to the UK. I can’t wait to invite them back. We had plenty of time that Anyway, enjoy your read of the Saturday so called in and spent the Newsletter and all the literature first hour in the vast hanger that that comes with it. I really do hope housed some of the finest aircraft that we can have the pleasure of ever produced in the UK… your company on any of our including the military TSR2 and forthcoming holidays, at the ‘That’s the Lightning plus commercial All Right Mama’ Grand Summer Ball aircraft such as the VC10 and (girls, you asked for a ‘posh frock Concorde – the latter we were do’ – now you’ve got it!) or at the allowed to board whilst Norbert many independent Elvis Fan Club told us how he regularly used to events around the country. fly Concorde back’n’forth over the Atlantic when he was a Record T Producer. Lucky devil. Cheers for now I’d kept the best ‘til last tho’ as B Duxford is home to the USAF 8th Air Force Exhibit – a stunning modern hanger filled with the David J. Wade Strictly Elvis UK


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Late-May 2014 Working with EPE and the American Queen Twixmas Break Steamboat Company our tour operators America Friday 27th to Sunday 29th December 2013 as you like it are offering a unique holiday package (see advertisement on back page) including flights, hotels in Memphis and New Orleans Stuff the turkey – had enough of that over and an Elvis Cruise on a beautiful Mississippi Christmas, and all the cooking (and washing up), and Sternwheeler Riverboat. With flights, accommodation at all the noisy grandkids (or grandparents!), squabbles the Heartbreak Hotel, the 7 night Elvis cruise aboard over which channel to watch on TV, and arguments the American Queen Riverboat with Elvis over the ingratitude of receiving a bunch of service guests, live music and disco’s aboard, and station flowers. Now’s your chance to escape to the a stay in the exciting ‘King Creole’ city of relative tranquility (until we get there!) of Harrogate New Orleans. See advert on page 7. and the impressive Cedar Court Hotel for a Twixmas Break with a difference… the Elvis difference! Film Festival honouring Elvis June 2014 Elvis’ Birthday Tour to Memphis and Tupelo On a Saturday in mid/late June in the London area – Monday 6th to Monday 13th January 2014 Strictly Elvis UK will be sponsoring an Elvis Day as part Treat yourself to what for many is a holiday of a of a Film Festival at an ‘historic’ venue. Two Elvis lifetime, an opportunity to visit Elvis’ wonderful movies on ‘the big screen’ during the day plus Graceland home. Everyone that we’ve taken on our interviews and memorabilia. And by night there’s an January tour has loved it – with many wishing that Elvis Disco and live band. Details in next Newsletter. they’d taken the tour before. Graceland seems to take on a different atmosphere in January – perhaps it’s That’s All Right Grand Summer Ball because there’s less people and so fans have so much Saturday 5th July 2014 more time to appreciate its beauty and the Christmas Mercure Leicester - The Grand Hotel lights make it very special indeed. Also, being out of National Elvis Summer Ball to celebrate the 60th the holiday season makes it just so much less Anniversary of the recording of That’s All Right Mama. expensive. Full details provided on separate flyer with this issue. And yes girls, it will be a ‘posh Elvis Presley – On Stage frock’ do and us fellahs may 27th April to 25th May 2014 have to scrub up a bit as well. The Elvis Concert returns We’ll show the world that Elvis to the UK – but this time in fans can do ‘Glam’ as well as a different format – anyone… in fact, more so! although still with Elvis on With great food, a live band the big screen with just his and a all-Elvis Disco this will voice track and now backed be the event to be seen at. by some of the best Accommodation will be musicians around. With available for the Friday and dates/venues across nearly Saturday nights for those the whole of the UK this will wishing to make a weekend be a fabulous opportunity of it… or to recover! for you to experience an Elvis concert… as near to the real thing as can be. Elvis 37th Anniversary Tours to the USA For booking and information phone 0844 338 0000 Friday 8th to Monday 18th August 2014 or online at for the Tupelo and Memphis Tour Friday 8th to Monday 25th August 2014 Elvis Spring Break in Torquay for Tupelo, Memphis, Palm Springs and Hollywood Tour. Friday 16th to Monday 19th May 2014 Join the Elvis Travel Service (and no-one else!) for our Following the success of the 2013 Spring Break we now famous Elvis tour featuring Tupelo and Memphis. return to the Hotel Victoria for another great longHaving operated this holiday since 1972 no-one can weekend of Elvis fun. Our program has proven to be claim more experience (and contacts) and happy fan a great mix of music and film, live music and disco’s, passengers than we can – the real ‘market leaders’ in merchandise and mayhem – with ample time for you Elvis holidays. Our staff are the best there is – all Elvis to enjoy the marvellous facilities of our superb hotel fans who are also professional Tour Managers and so and the sights and sounds of this superb resort. know how to take care of you – and their sightseeing Call us on 01473 621 564. tours of Tupelo and Memphis are both informative and fascinating – giving you a real insight into Elvis’ life there. For this holiday we have also chosen to feature the Strictly Elvis UK is the Newsletter of Strictly Elvis UK and desert resort city of Palm Springs and the Pacific Coast the Elvis Travel Service – trading names of David Wade Ltd, an metropolis of Los Angeles where we’ll see Elvis’ homes organisation that has led the way in Elvis holidays and events for (and lots more besides!) in both, concert venues, film over 40 years. Founded in 1972 David Wade Ltd is registered with studios and also some film location sites. This will be Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc and works closely with them to promote another truly wonderful tour for every Elvis fan. Graceland, the Heartbreak Hotel and Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods. The names ‘Elvis’, ‘Elvis Presley’, ‘Graceland’ and ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ are registered to Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc with the USPTO.


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Elvis Festival at Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth Saturday 6th to Saturday 13th September 2014 THE BIG ONE. Our annual Festival keeps getting bigger and better and just when you think we can’t add in anything else - we do! The fans who have attended the Vauxhall event just love it - we now need to get back some of the fans who, in the past, have attended our Party Events at Hemsby, Camber Sands and Mablethorpe but, for whatever reason, have yet to join us at Vauxhall which is surely the best of all. The brochure for the 2014 Festival is enclosed with this Newsletter. Elvis Gospel Thanksgiving Weekend Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th November 2014 An Elvis long-weekend but with a difference… the Gospel difference! Featuring two live Gospel sessions of Elvis’ favourite Gospels plus a special guest from the USA. Don’t worry tho’ the weekend will lose none of fun aspect of an Elvis Weekender and there’s an Elvis Marketplace or Collectors Fair plus an all-Elvis Disco each night. We’re even including an American-style Thanksgiving Dinner! Venue and further details tba. Elvis Twixmas Break Saturday 27th to Monday 29th December 2014 The Strictly Elvis team hits the road once more to bring you a few days respite from Christmas telly and invading in-laws trying to eat you out of house and home. Where are we going? We have absolutely no idea, other than it’ll be at a great hotel in an interesting location and that the program will include, as ever, a selection of Elvis clips on Elvis’ 80th Birthday Tour the big screen, a huge amount of Elvis music – with Sunday 4th to Sunday 11th January 2015 Disco’s and live cabaret as well, and an Elvis Market place Another major anniversary and everyone will want to or Collectors Fair. Watch this space for more details. be part of the big Elvis Travel Service tour that gives Elvis fans exactly what they want… plus a few nice surprises. EPE always rise to the occasion when it come to the ‘special’ anniversaries and you can be sure that there will be a lot happening on and around the Birthday in both Tupelo and Memphis. On this departure we are also offering the option of continuing on to Miami Beach for a bit of that lovely Florida sunshine. Brochure with next Newsletter. No other organisation is dedicated to bringing Elvis Fans in the UK as much as we are – with events organised by professionals, and all of our holidays accompanied by experienced Tour Managers – all of whom are genuine Elvis fans. You can make sure of your place on these and all of our fantastic tours to the USA by sending us a deposit of just £10 per person (and it’s refundable should you decide not to travel when the final details are announced) and all bookings will then be processed in the order that the initial deposit was taken. Don’t be fooled by companies claiming to have ‘Elvis experts’ or supposedly having lots of experience of FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2013 either Elvis or Memphis. They probably have neither, 7:30PM - MIDNIGHT whereas the Elvis Travel Service has been operating these special tours for Elvis fans since 1972, and has carried more Elvis fans to Memphis than any other Join us for a night of Elvis music from Rockin’ Dave and organisation. We work closely with Elvis Presley D J Martyn Collins playing all your Elvis Favourites Enterprises, Sony Music, Tennessee and Memphis & Mississippi Tourisum and are highly respected Elvis Charity Raffle throughout the Elvis world. Tickets £5 And you are welcome to phone us to talk about any Available from the British Legion or Martyn Collins 07815800575 of the above tours, to ask our advice (it’s free!) or to or Carol Pugh 07785107814 even offer suggestions for future events or holidays.


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SUMMERTIME… AND THE TRAVELLIN’ IS EASY We could easily fill 20 pages with pictures and stories of our Summertime holidays but this issue we have no room to spare so we’ll try to include some of those in our next issue – what we can do tho’ is a quick run through of just how amazing August and September were for us and for the hundreds of Elvis fans that joined us on our holidays. We know that many fans who can’t actually be with us followed us on Facebook* and thoroughly enjoyed reading the virtually daily updates of our exploits. Tupelo & Memphis… and yonder Our annual August tour started in Tupelo where we were given (as usual) a fabulous welcome by the friendly folk there – including our exclusive police escort through the streets of this lovely little city, coffee and cookies (and a goodie bag) at the tourist office and pride of place at the Fan Appreciation Ceremony at the Birthplace where we were clearly the largest group there. Ample time in Tupelo to see all the Elvis sights, enjoy a snack at Johnnies Drivein, chat to the guys at Tupelo Hardware, take pictures of the new Elvis statue, have a Hawaiian-themed Pool Party and to just chill-out before heading to the bustle of Memphis and Elvis Week. Which was lovely of course - so much to do, and see. The folks who hadn’t been before couldn’t believe how comprehensive (or long!) our Elvis sightseeing tour was but hey, isn’t that what we’re here for? The EPE events were really popular and one, the Conversations on Elvis (see article alongside) was an instant sell-out. Our group could choose between the Heartbreak Hotel at Graceland or the Hampton Inn in the heart of Downtown - both superb hotels and with our now famous Shuttle Bus Service between the two we made sure that no one missed out on anything. Whilst half the group flew home after Memphis, the other half took to the road - first visiting Fort Chaffee where Elvis was inducted into the Army and where the Mayor turned out to welcome us. On, via historic Fort Smith (and a Bordello but we won’t go into that - or rather we did but that’s another story!) to Shreveport where 4

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we stayed in the hotel that Elvis had stayed in for his last Concert there and where, early in his career he had appeared on the Louisiana Hayride. We toured everywhere - even the places that were closed opened up for us - and had a great welcome at the James Burton Charitable Foundation where we presented a cheque for $1,000 to James’ wife Louise. Onward then via a beautiful Plantation Home to New Orleans… which just has to be the maddest place in the world…but what fun! The first day there we took the group on a guided tour of the French Quarter seeing all the places significant to Elvis and King Creole which was filmed on location in New Orleans. Then there were two days to just enjoy this incredible place – to take swamp tours to see the alligators up REAL close, to a cookery school to learn to cook Cajun-style, and to learn more of the history of the Mardis Gras city. Did we want to come home? Nope, but we will be going back. Bad Nauheim and Friedberg Whilst half the group took the leisurely coach and ferry journey to the continent, the other half flew in and all met up at our choice of two hotels the deluxe Dolce and the the first class Rosenau. Next morning we had a guided walking tour of this beautiful spa town, not using the local guides who have only a limited knowledge of Elvis and the Elvis sights there but, after the same meticulous research that we do for our Memphis tours, we did the tour ourselves. This allowed us to show the group over 20 different Elvis related places including the Old Town Gate, setting for the famous ‘A Big Hunk o’ Love’ record sleeve, a shop where Elvis bought a bicycle, a restaurant that Elvis frequented and many, many, more. The final stop on our tour was to 14 Goethstrasse, the home Elvis occupied for just over a year and the rest of the day was free to explore at leisure. Bad Nauheim really loves Elvis, its ‘adopted son’ and puts on concerts, exhibitions and parades in his honour. On the night of the 15th August we joined up at the Elvis Memorial plaque, where we laid a floral tribute purchased by donations from the group, to remember Elvis on

this very poignant night. It was lovely being able to spend some quiet moments of reflection with fellow fans in a town that Elvis had lived in. Next day we visited Friedberg the town where Ray Barracks is situated. On the drive to we stopped in the small village of Steinfurth, where Elvis and his battalion helped move a War Memorial from the church to the local cemetery. Ray Barracks is now closed since the withdrawal of troops in 2007 it has fallen into disrepair and rumour has it that a local developer has bought it to turn into a housing estate; so it could sadly be the last time that a group gets to visit it. The rest of the day was spent exploring both Friedberg and Bad Nauheim. On our last full day we drove up Johanisberg Hill to visit a fantastic café which offers superb views of the surrounding countryside. It was here that Elvis would often come to relax and enjoy some of its fabulous apple strudel. We spent the rest of the day enjoying everything Bad Nauheim’s Festival of Elvis had to offer. We had a truly fabulous time exploring Elvis’ Germany and it really is, next to Memphis, the one place where you can see so many Elvis places. The Travel Service plan to make this a biennual trip, returning to Bad Nauheim in 2015. If you are thinking of making the visit join us then. Elvis Festival What can we say? The biggest, and clearly the best, Elvis Festival since as long as we can remember - the numbers are back, the quality is back and the magic is back. More guests, more bands and with a new programme of events that offers just so much more to see and enjoy. If you’ve never been, or haven’t attended for many years, then come and join us - you’ll get the warmest of welcomes. This is one event that’s run by genuine fans for genuine fans and it offers great value for money. 1200 fans attended this year’s Festival and, as this Newsletter goes to press, we can confirm that the majority have already booked for next year. And they haven’t even received the brochure yet! What does that tell you? The brochure, by the way, is enclosed with this issue.

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AN AUDIENCE WITH MOTHER DOLORES FROM HOLLYWOOD TO HOLY VOWS BY DAVID HAWTHORNE Hollywood starlet Dolores Hart made her screen debut in 1957 when she starred with Elvis Presley in ‘Loving You’. Her performance made such an impression on the film’s producers that she was signed up for the next Elvis Presley film ‘King Creole’. Her career took off and she was much in demand for films and theatre performances. She has appeared alongside Montgomery Clift, Anthony Quinn and Robert Wagner before shocking the entertainment world in 1963, when, at the age of 24 she turned her back on the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to become a nun. Now, after 50 years of cloistered living in a Benedictine Abbey, Mother Dolores Hart OSB has published a biography of her incredible journey in life entitled ‘The Ear of the Heart’ and in August EPE invited her to Memphis to address Elvis fans as part of Elvis Week 2013. It was an extraordinary experience. Around 1000 fans attended the event, known as ‘Conversations on Elvis’, hosted annually by Tom Brown from Turner Classic Movies. Mother Dolores’ entrance on stage was met with a standing ovation. Attired in her Benedictine habit and sporting a black beret, she moved to centre stage and bowed gracefully. She then took her seat and for over one minute sat in silence with an expressionless face and stared into the audience as cameras captured the moment. You could have heard a pin drop. Tom Brown then opened ‘the conversation’ asking how she become an actress? “I am an actress, I have always been an actress” was the reply. “My parents divorced when I was two years old and I later went to live with my grandpa in Chicago. He was a projectionist in a cinema and he would take me with him. He would snooze and it was my job to wake him up in time to switch projectors. I was spellbound. I would watch the actresses and study them. Whilst at college in Los Angeles, she was asked to play the Drama Group lead in ‘Joan of Lorraine’, the story of Joan of Arc. Her coach Don Barbeau thought she had movie potential and wrote to a number of Hollywood producers inviting them to the performance. One of them was Hal Wallis who asked Dolores to do a screen test and signed her to a seven year contract. She was then cast in her first film, ‘Loving You’ with Elvis Presley. “I had no idea who Elvis was. I was not interested in Rock ‘n’ Roll. So when I met him I wasn’t meeting ELVIS, I was meeting a charming soft-spoken gentleman. He called me ‘Miss Dolores’, he always called me that.

I said to him ‘what do you do?’ It was funny, but I soon found out what he did. When we started filming it was embarrassing, I would blush every time he kissed me. They had to keep putting make-up on me.” “The following year I was working with Elvis again in ‘King Creole’. It was filmed on location in New Orleans and it was here I first experienced the madness around Elvis. Hundreds of people were on the streets to see him. Elvis was a great actor, because he listened to what you said and he reacted to it. He wanted to be like James Dean.” “One morning we were waiting in the hotel room and Elvis took out the Gideon Bible and opened it at random and read a verse. He said, ‘now Miss Dolores what do you think of that?’ I was impressed and he quoted from the bible often. I never saw Elvis again, but he did send me a letter when I went to the Abbey. He said he was very proud of me. Occasionally his cousin Gene Smith would contact me to tell me what Elvis was doing.” While in Memphis she was given a tour of Graceland and said you could feel Elvis’ presence there. She noticed that Elvis listened to Mario Lanza who was her uncle through marriage. She said that it was strange how Elvis and Mario both died young, and that their lives travelled a similar path. Mario was 38 and Elvis was 42. She added “there is an evil spirit that cuts down kind people who are caring and always helping others and we must fight that evil.” adding “I could never have imagined the Abbey Committee giving me permission to do what I’m doing now, touring the country and giving talks and be here in Memphis. Elvis must be talking to ‘someone’ and organising this.” It’s as they say: ‘No one can say NO to Elvis’. Strictly Elvis UK


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ELVIS around the UK These pages are available for all Elvis Fan Clubs to publicise their events free of charge. To be included in the next issue please forward contact details for the Fan Club together with details of any forthcoming events.

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ENGLAND London Capital Elvis John Talbot, 106 Hawbeck Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 9UY Phone: 07715 968 259 Christmas Disco, Saturday 14th December from 7:30pm until late at the Hoop and Toy, 34 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, SW7 2HQ. £2 Members, £3 guests. Hertfordshire Capital Elvis/Herts Branch Tony Dobb, 15 Princes Close, Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 1JS Phone: 07715 968 259 Email: Regular Elvis Collectors Fairs. Staffordshire Elvis Confederates Des Gould, 57 Broadway Street, Burton on Trent, Staffs, DE14 3NB Phone: 01283 539 371 Essex Elvis in Essex Organisation Mike Davis, 11 Branta Fields, Hoo, Rochester, Kent, ME3 9BF Phone: 07878 914 033 Elvis Christmas Disco, 14th December from 7:30pm at The Compasses, 141 Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1RY. Cambridgeshire Elvis in Cambridge Ian Gray, Kings College Cambridge, CB2 1ST Email: Lancashire Lancashire Branch of the OEPFC John Meller, 26 Derby Road, Accrington, BB5 1BP Phone: 07912 442 301 Email: (or Duncan Jeffrey on 07534 695 500) Regular Elvis Disco’s. Lincolnshire Lincoln Elvis Sue Toyne, 18 Capper Avenue, Hemswell Cliff, Gainsborough, Lincs, DN21 5XS Phone: 01427 668 805 Email: 6

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Nottinghamshire Andy Cox, Phone: 07838 161784 Regular Elvis Disco’s.

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Northamptonshire Elvis in Northants Mark & Bernie Herbert, 1 Woodside Green, Kings Heath, Northampton, NN5 7HU Phone: 01604 753 778 Elvis Christmas Video-Disco, Saturday 7th December, 7:30pm until midnight at the Ex-Serviceman’s Club, 47 Sheep Street, Northampton, NN1 2NE. Oxfordshire Elvis Presley Fan Club – Oxford Jenny de Fraine, ‘Aloha’, 11 Meadow View Road Kennington, Oxford, OX1 4QU Phone: 01865 735 264 Email: Meetings monthly in members homes and social events throughout the year. Buckinghamshire Elvis Now Lynne Brooker, 4 Taverners Green Close Wickford, Essex, SS12 9RQ Phone: 01268 763 952 Email: Tyne & Wear Tyne & Wear Branch of the OEPFC Jim Mann, 19 Tanfield Road, Wrekenton, Gateshead Tyne & Wear, NE9 7AX Phone: 07956 402 215 Email: 100% Elvis Christmas Disco with DJ Jim Mann, Saturday 7th December. Newcastle Companions Club, 45-47 Leazes Park Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4PG. Bedfordshire Bill Hyde, Phone: 07943 395 655 Elvis Disco Saturday 7th December at St Joseph’s Social Club, Gardenia Ave, Luton, LU3 2NS. North Yorkshire The King at the Coast Neil & Cynthia Hardisty, 34 Main Street East Ayton, Scarborough, N. Yorks, YO13 9HL Elvis events in North Yorkshire. Yorkshire Memphis King June Clark (Club Secretary), 60 Northcote Drive, Leeds, LS11 6NH Elvis Christmas Disco. Friday 13th December at the Yorkshire Rider Social Club, Saxton Gardens, Railway Street, Leeds, LS9 8HB. (Good Parking).

IRELAND Ireland Elvis Social Club John Kavanagh, 43 Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, Dublin 12, Ireland Holding regular "Elvis Social Nights" and Major Charity Extravaganzas. For more details, contact John on: 0035 38 720 25022, For regular up-dates, tune to: "Elvis Memories" Radio Show, Dublin City FM 103.2fm. Sundays 6pm - 7pm. Tune in on-line:

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NORTHERN IRELAND Northern Ireland OEPFC of Northern Ireland Stuart & Janet Baxter, 4 Inver Court, Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1RS Phone: 07867 967 007 Email: Elvis Disco and on the big screen. First Friday of every month 8:00pm to midnight at the Cooke Rugby Club, Milltown Road, Shaws Bridge, Belfast, BT8 7XP. Admission £5

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WALES Wales Elvis in Wales Carol Pugh Phone: 07785 107 814 Email: Elvis in Wales Christmas Party at Llanrumney British Legion, Cardiff Friday 6th December 7:30pm. Starring Rockin' Dave Riley plus all-Elvis Disco with Martyn Collins. Tickets £5.00 from Carol Pugh. Advance information We are again running a Festival Special Coach from South Wales through the Midlands to Great Yarmouth for the 2014 Elvis Festival at Vauxhall. So let us take away the travel stress with very competitive prices which could work out much cheaper than public transport or taking your car… with Elvis all the way. The coach will have various pick-up points in South Wales and for fans in the Midlands will then travel via Worcester, Birmingham, Coventry, Kettering, Huntingdon and Cambridge to Great Yarmouth. If you’d like to be on board contact Carol by phone or email as above for more details.

SCOTLAND Glasgow The Elvis Touch Jane Boyce (Club Leader) 23 Corpach Place, Easterhouse, Glasgow, G34 0DD Phone: 07851 388440 Email: Linda and Paul Downie (Secretary & DJ/PR) 95 Gottries Road, Harbourside, Irvine, KA12 8QH Phone: 07947 659144 Email: Christmas Party Friday 13th December at Bacchus, 80 Glassford Street, Glasgow, G1 1UR. £4 members, £5 non-members. Falkirk Elvis Central Lesley Iannarelli, 4 Cleekim Drive, Edinburgh, EH15 3QP Phone: 07905 798 016 Email: Elvis Party Night - 2nd Saturday each month at Camelon Bowling Club, Main Street, Camelon. (next to Beefeater). Edinburgh Edinburgh Elvis Paul Sayers, 9-4 West Pilton Ave, Edinburgh, EH4 4BX Phone: 07926 896151 Email: Aberdeen Elvis in Aberdeen Richard Stables, 3 William Mackie Crescent, Stonehaven, Aberdeen, AB39 2PR Phone: 01569 760095 Email: Strathclyde Forever Elvis Fan Club Margaret Colhoun, 77 MacArthur Wynd, Cambuslang Glasgow, G72 7GB Phone: 07757 047 058

down ol’ man river! Want an Elvis holiday with a difference then how about this for an idea Fly to Memphis for a two night stay at the Heartbreak Hotel opposite Elvis’ beautiful Graceland Mansion. You’ll have a Platinum Pass included - so you can enjoy the tour of the house plus admission to the aircraft exhibit, Elvis’ car museum and other exhibits at Graceland Plaza. Time too to explore some of downtown Memphis and to enjoy the music of famous Beale Street. On the 3rd day you board the magnificent American Queen Mississippi riverboat and commence your wonderful 7 night cruise all the way down to New Orleans, stopping off at (and seeing the sights of) Vicksburg, Natchez, St Francisville and the State Capital of Baton Rouge, as well as enjoying the riverside scenery and picturesque plantation homes. And each evening, after a delicious dinner, there’s Elvis themed entertainment with live shows, talks and interviews with many of Elvis’ friends, co-stars and fellow musicians. Your holiday finishes with a flourish with a two night stay at the Holiday Inn Superdome in the heart of New Orleans and within easy walking distance of the historic French Quarter. An ample opportunity to see the sights and experience the flavour of this exciting city before flying back overnight to the UK. This 11 day itinerary costs £3428 including of your flights, hotel accommodation in Memphis and New Orleans and the 7 night cruise in a deluxe outside stateroom inclusive of all meals and entertainment on board the American Queen. And if you want to stay longer, or even include other destinations on your holiday then we’d be happy to tailor-make a holiday exclusively for you. Contact Cath at America as you like it on: 020 8742 8200 or for further details by email to:

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4th ANNUAL ELVIS TWIXMAS BREAK HARROGATE, YORKSHIRE Friday 27th to Sunday 29th December 2013 This year it’s a Twixmas Break (you know, filling in that boring bit between Christmas and New Year) with a difference as we are combining it with a Strictly Elvis Open House and Collectors Fair. We are also including a round of our new Elvis Super Quiz Challenge so this is an event that’ll be packed with Elvis happenings. The Open House and Collectors Fair during Saturday 28th December is Free Admission and we look forward to seeing Elvis fans from far and wide coming for the day. However if you want to stay with us at the venue - the Best Western Cedar Court Hotel, and enjoy two great nights of

Local Fans Want to join in the fun but not want to stay? Well you can, we have a limited number of tickets for the Friday night (disco only for £6) and for the Saturday (live band plus all-Elvis Disco for £14).

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entertainment (all-Elvis Disco with DJ Mark Monaghan on Friday night and live cabaret with Nick Pacey and Roustabout plus Disco on the Saturday) as well then the combined price of two nights’ accommodation (inc. breakfasts, dinners and VAT) and entertainment is just £136 per person in a twin or double room and £178 in a single room. If you want to stay longer and explore the pretty spa town of Harrogate (still aglow with Christmas lights) then a third night, also with dinner and breakfast will cost just £48 per person extra in a twin or double and £72 in a single. Great value, at a really lovely hotel.

To book, just call us on 01473 621 564 Cedar Court Hotel The historic Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate was the spa town’s first purpose built hotel – dating back to 1671. Overlooking 200 acres of the town’s parkland this Grade II listed 100-room hotel is quite unique and combines modern facilities and elegance with an ‘olde world’ charm. The hotel has a comfortable lounge bar, excellent restaurant, superb convention facilities for our event, a gym, free WiFi and lots of free parking. And while you’re in Harrogate you could also try the spa waters that made this town famous, visit the museums and galleries, shop for a bargain in the Sales or just relax in the comfort of this fine 4 Star hotel.

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The 10th edition of the Strictly Elvis UK Newsletter. Featuring a whole host of news and features, including: Reports on our USA and German...