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Elvis impersonator's ale house rock

Published 02/05/2010 | 07:12

Simon Goldsmith poses as Elvis Presley ahead of a record singing attempt
Simon Goldsmith poses as Elvis Presley ahead of a record singing attempt

An Elvis Presley impersonator is hoping to shake up the record books with a three-day ale house rock.

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Simon Goldsmith, 36, of Little Bealings, Suffolk, opted for a little less conversation and a lot more singing as he takes on the marathon stint for charity.

The delivery driver is hoping to sing Elvis songs non-stop for more than 43 hours, 11 minutes and 11 seconds to secure the Guinness World Record.

Instead of the bright lights of Las Vegas, Mr Goldsmith will use a quiet country pub as the venue for his unusual attempt.

The man to beat is German Thomas Gothje, who set the record in Heide, Germany, between June 24 and 26 2004.

Mr Goldsmith, who performs regular gigs as an Elvis impersonator under the stage name Harry Isaac Presley, said: "I love crazy ideas and I wanted to do something a bit special, so I looked up some world records and this one really appealed to me.

"I've got no problem in staying awake for that long, it's just the effect on my vocal chords. I'm going to have to work on some tricks to keep my voice fresh."

He began the challenge on Friday at the White Lion pub, in Lower Ufford, Suffolk, and intends to rock around the clock until Sunday morning.

A spokesman for Guinness World Records said: "Simon has been in contact with us with the intention of breaking the current world record. We'd like to wish him the very best of luck in his effort."

Mr Goldsmith is raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, where his father, David, died aged 58 in April last year after a battle with cancer.

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