BARBER Gordon Hendricks and doctor Andrew Mason may seem unlikely Elvis acts – but they both agree turning into The King changed their lives.
The pair have years of experience in the famed white jumpsuit.
Gordon Hendricks says he really feels like Elvis when he is in full gearCredit: Sonja Horsma
Gordon’s regular job is as a barber in Stoke-on-TrentCredit: SWNS
As it comes to the final week of our contest to find the ultimate Elvis fan or tribute artist, both have urged megafans to take part.
Snipper Gordon, who is now too busy at festivals and on tour to cut hair and has put his barber shop in the hands of his son, says: “The love people have for Elvis, whether aged three or 73, is incredible.
“To step into his shoes, you feel like The King.”
And although now-retired GP Andrew, 74, hung up his blue suede shoes after a special millennium gig, he says: “I’d encourage people to give it a go. I had fabulous fun.”
Gordon, from Stoke-on-Trent, found Elvis fame in 2005 doing ITV talent show Stars In Their Eyes.
He began touring and has performed across the UK, in Australia and the US.
The married dad of five says: I travel the world doing a job I love. I’ve a huge fan base and a garage full of memorabilia people send me.
Andrew’s daughters, triplets Faith, Jemma and Clare, 48, were backing singers for him.
The married dad of four, from Norton, Suffolk, who also has a son, says: “We were Elvis and the Masonettes.”
Retired GP Andrew Mason has help from his daughters as backing singers
He says: “I think I was the only GP who was an Elvis act. I once dyed my hair black like his. Patients wondered what was going on.”
Andrew has also volunteered as a frontline immediate care doctor for the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service.
He is on call 365 nights a year and since 1974 has attended more than 2,000 incidents.
During the pandemic he stepped up again, and says: “I was called the King Of The Vaccinators.”
Gordon says it is still amazing to feel the love fans have for ElvisCredit: Sonja Horsma
Win a VIP trip to Graceland
HERE’S a prize that’s fit for a King – it’s your chance to enter The Sun on Sunday’s contest to find the ultimate Elvis fan or tribute artist.
And it’s one for the money . . .
The £10,000 prize for the winner and their companion includes return flights from London and seven nights’ accommodation in a Memphis hotel with netflights.com.
It also includes two brilliant tours in Memphis and a day in the studio with UK-based sound engineer Glenn Keiles.
Two for the show . . .
The winner and their companion will also get free tickets for the Hound Dog Tour, a high-energy concert and sightseeing tour all rolled into one.
PLUS they will get to enjoy the Graceland Ultimate VIP tour and spend the night in Elvis’s birthplace with the VIP Tupelo Experience.
Three to get ready . . .
To enter, dress up and do your best Elvis impersonation or prove you’re the UK’s biggest Elvis superfan with your incredible collection or story.
Now go, cat, go!
Email pics or video of your impression or act to firstname.lastname@example.org with ELVIS COMPETITION in the subject line and explain, in fewer than 200 words, why you are the ultimate Elvis fan or tribute artist.
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