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Resort plans Elvis convention
Elvis Presley
Elvis has not been forgotten by his fans since his death in 1977
A south Wales resort is set to be transformed into Las Vegas by the sea in October when it plans to host an Elvis Presley convention.

Porthcawl's Grand Pavilion will be transformed for the event with organisers hoping the seaside town will be awash with rhinestone jumpsuits and blue suede shoes.

The pavilion will be decked out in the style of a Las Vegas casino and will host competitions for the top Elvis look-a-likes.

Organisers aim to attract thousands of Elvises from across the globe to the convention.

Porthcawl Pavilion is a licensed marriage venue, and organisers hope to arrange a Las Vegas-style Elvis wedding, alongside a mass wedding blessing.

There will also be a marathon showing of Elvis films and an exhibition of Elvis memorabilia, as well as an exhibition of 1950s cars and an attempt to recreate scenes from Elvis' films on the beach

Included in the award ceremonies for the tribute acts will be prizes for the best female Elvis, the best young Elvis and the best ethnic Elvis.

Elvis impersonators, Kuala Lumpur
Elvis is among the most impersonated acts in rock'n'roll history

Elvis fan Peter Phillips told BBC Wales: "Elvises will be in the building come the first weekend of October.

"It's the perfect venue - one thing is that it's licensed for weddings.

"So they are going to have a mass Elvis blessing ceremony - Chapel of Love it's called."

Already booked is Emma Evans, an Elvis impersonator who will perform with other students from Neath Port Talbot College.

She said: "I've got about 25 videos and three or four of his CDs and I listen to them every day.

"I think it's a very good idea - a dream come true."

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