Elvis Presley impersonators claim new world record for biggest gathering

Elvis, PorthcawlElvis impersonators claim to have set a new world record in Porthcawl (Picture: YouTube/ Bitofatit)

Hundreds of Presley fans, 814 in total, are believed to have broken the record for the largest ever gathering of Elvis impersonators in the world in Porthcawl, south Wales at the weekend.

Dressed in dark sunglasses and Elvis trademark black wigs, the lookalikes belted out famous 1956 hit Hound Dog in honour of the rhinestone-wearing hip shaker.

Every year thousands of people head to Porthcawl for the Elvis tribute festival, which is the largest of its kind in Europe.

 Elvis Thousands of Elvis fans attend the annual festival every year (Picture: YouTube/ Bitofatit)

Delighted festival organiser Peter Phillips said he has never seen the south coast Welsh town so busy, with more than 30,000 revellers expected at the event.

‘We asked staff from Bridgend Council to act as independent adjudicators and they worked together to count the Elvis impersonators,’ he told the BBC.

‘We had all sorts of different Elvises aged from three to 80 and from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Malta and even Brazil.

‘They were wearing all manner of Elvis costumes from gold lame jackets, to leather jump suits and GI uniforms.’

The crowd beat a previous record set by 645 impersonators which was set in Las Vegas in 2010, with the record expected to be officially confirmed in the near future by Guinness World Record officials.

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  • Photo of Elvin Priestley

    I was actually there on the day you can see me in these pictures wearing the light powder blue jumpsuit.
    we had a great day, all the Elvis fans were fantastic.
    all the very best to you Elvin Priestley

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