Celebrating the King’s 80th and raising funds for Jake

Elena Chavez, events manager at Azur, Peter Phillips, Porthcawl Elvis Festival Organiser, Jake & Becky Davis SUS-150113-104912001
Elena Chavez, events manager at Azur, Peter Phillips, Porthcawl Elvis Festival Organiser, Jake & Becky Davis SUS-150113-104912001

A spectacular Elvis event is being held to celebrate what would have been the King’s 80th birthday and to help make a Hastings youngster’s dream of having a hydrotherapy pool to ease painful joints come true.

The Elvis All Day Spectacular, to be held this Sunday (January 18) at Azur, Marina, St Leonards on Sea, at 2.30pm. showcases four international award-winning Elvis Tribute Artists.

The event is sponsored by Azur, Vivien of Holloway and The White Rock Hotel, in aid of ‘Jake’s Splash of Delight’ and supported by Hastings Round Table.

Jake Davis, 23, has cerebral palsy and suffers with painful leg cramps and stiff joints. His pain is relieved with twice daily physio sessions, which in themselves are painful and stressful. Jake’s mum Becky says a hydrotherapy pool would offer pain free physio and improve the quality of his life and she has started a campaign to raise the £26,000 needed to convert the family garage.

The Elvis Spectacular is the latest event being held to raise the money Jake needs and is presented by Peter Philips, organiser of the worlds renowned Porthcawl Elvis Festival, which drew over 30,000 visitors last year.

The tribute artists dusting off their blue suede shoes include Mike Nova. Mike is touring the country with his ‘Elvis Let’s Pretend’ show - a performance of which Elvis Presley’s Tour Manager, Mike Stone said: “It simply does not get any better than this.” Other artists are Dean Mack, European Elvis Championship finalist, Juan Lozano, finalist on the BBC’s, ‘World’s Best Elvis’ show, and Gordon Davis, ‘Images of the King’ World Champion in Elvis’s home town of Memphis, Tennessee.

The tribute acts will perform three showcases: Elvis Gospel, Elvis At The Movies and Elvis Vegas with a special guest performance from Chris Tierney, Porthcawl Best Festival Elvis Winner.

There will also be a ‘Hastings Does Elvis’ competition in which Porthcawl Elvis Festival is searching for a star. People are invited to perform their favourite Elvis song – either professional entertainers or those who just want to have a go on the karaoke. Prize for Best Dressed, 50’s, fancy dress or Elvis. There will also be a raffle with great prizes, kindly donated by local & national businesses.

Tickets £12.50 from Azur, Hastings Old Town Fishermans Museum, www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/137396, call 0333 666 3366.

Further information: 0744 696 1083, www.jakedavis.org.uk, https://www.facebook.com/jakessplashofdelight