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Irish Elvis impersonators aim for world record

Published 09/04/2015 | 16:56

Elvis impersonator Martin Rice from Co Down prepares for Northern Ireland's attempt to break the world record later this month. Photo: Julie Robinson /PA Wire
Elvis impersonator Martin Rice from Co Down prepares for Northern Ireland's attempt to break the world record later this month. Photo: Julie Robinson /PA Wire

Elvis Presley fans from across Ireland are set to attempt to break the world record for the largest gathering of impersonators later this month.

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Supporters of the king of rock and roll will converge on Nutts Corner in Co Antrim on April 25 for an open microphone event with an array of retro jump suits, sunglasses and wigs.

They need almost 900 to break the Guinness World Record.

Organiser Julie Robinson said the aim was to raise money for charity.

"Who isn't a fan of Elvis? He was gorgeous, and we want the generation from then, some might be in their 70s and 80s, to come along."

Charities Cancer Research and the Fermanagh Talking Newspapers for the Blind Charities are set to benefit from the event.

One of those planning to attend is Martin Rice from Co Down, an Elvis fanatic often seen with a guitar under his arm.

Ms Robinson, from near Larne in Co Antrim, said: "He has so many suits he needs a changing room."

She said she hoped to organise a group photo with the massed ringers. After that, she said, they can "mill around".

According to the Guinness Book of Records the largest gathering of lookalikes, at 895, was in North Carolina last July.

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