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Last Updated: Monday, 13 August 2007, 15:58 GMT 16:58 UK
Beatles museum foils Presley fan
Elvis in undated pic
Mr Shaw wanted to mark the anniversary of Elvis's death
An Elvis Presley fan has failed to get a Beatles museum thrown out of his shop's basement in time for the 30th anniversary of his idol's death.

Sid Shaw, who runs Elvisly Yours in Baker Street, London, wanted to hold a party on to mark Elvis' death.

He claimed Beatles fan Harold Cohen breached the terms of an agreement to convert the basement of Elvisly Yours.

But a Central London County Court judge ruled against the appeal for a mandatory injunction to evict Mr Cohen.

Mr Shaw and Mr Cohen share a joint lease for the premises of the two memorabilia shops and their basements.

Elvis impersonator tours

Mr Shaw claimed his Beatles-loving counterpart had breached an agreement due to lapse at the end of the year - not paying an agreed 65% of Mr Shaw's half of the rent and rates, 20% of ticket sales for the gallery and had let some of Elvisly Yours merchandise be damaged by water.

Counsel Tony Allston said Mr Cohen was not turning a profit from his Beatles exhibition, and urged the judge to allow the space to be used to launch an Elvis karaoke tour business, using singing impersonators on open-top buses.

Mr Shaw's lawyer Gillian Crew said her client had been paying all of the rent for both men and was consequently owed money.

Judge Peter Cowell ruled in favour of Mr Cohen, saying the Beatles shop owner was in the premises, breaking even, and employing a person.

The disagreement will now go ahead for a full trial in October.

Mr Shaw said the Elvis party, which would also commemorate his wife who died earlier this year, would go ahead at the store on Thursday.




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