Monday 19 February 2018

Elvis really has left the building: 60 impersonators of star flee fire alarm

Sarah Rainey

A GROUP of 60 Elvis impersonators had to flee a charity fundraiser after a faulty smoke machine set off the fire alarm, it has been reported.

The lookalikes were attending a charity function in Rochester, Kent, when the fire alarm sounded late on Saturday night.

It is believed that it was set off by a faulty smoke machine that formed part of the Elvis act at the fundraiser.

Guests leaving the hotel were stunned to see a group of around 60 impersonators, dressed in wigs and full rhinestone costume, gathered in the car park.

"I was in a bit of a state getting out of my room," one guest told the Daily Mirror. "But I was more confused when I got outside to see all these people dressed as Elvis.

"There were people in full Elvis jumpsuits and wigs standing by a roundabout, looking a bit worse for the wear."

The King lookalikes were taking part in a fancy dress fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support at the Holiday Inn in Rochester.

The Elvis tribute night was due to feature a charity raffle, late night disco and live entertainment.

Around 250 people attended the event, which hosted musical acts from rock and roll singer Mark Keeley and Elvis impersonator Lee Jackson.

Kevin Coombes, hotel manager at the Holiday Inn, told the Mirror: "A smoke machine set off the fire alarm and at no point was anyone in any danger - but yes, Elvis did leave the building."

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