The breathtaking splendour of the Wales Coast Path is set to be the backdrop for a world record attempt of Vegas-style proportions, so pop along for a great family day out.
Trecco Bay in Porthcawl is to play host to the bid to smash the record for the largest gathering of Elvis Presley impersonators, on September 29. The attempt to smash the current record of 645, which was set in Las Vegas in 2010, is being coordinated as part of the Love2Walk Festival, together with the Porthcawl Elvis Festival, from September 28 to 30, which is the biggest event of its kind in Europe.
The current holder of the festival’s Best Welsh Elvis title, Darren ‘Graceland’ Jones, from Cwmbran, will be wearing his Blue Suede Shoes on the sands of Trecco Bay beach as he leads the record-breaking bid, which comes in the 35th anniversary year of The King’s death. The 870-mile long Wales Coast Path is a perfect setting for the record attempt, because it sets its own record as the longest continuous path around a country in the world.
Participants in the record attempt will be expected to wear an Elvis costume and simultaneously sing his 1956 hit, Hound Dog. The song was chosen from suggestions, which were posted on the record attempt’s Facebook page. Organisers will be at the ready with wigs and headpieces to service the minimum costume requirement, but participants are invitied to consider donning a Vegas-style jumpsuit or clothes from Elvis’s GI era.
Now in its third year, the Love2Walk Festival takes place throughout the borough of Bridgend, between September 29 and October 7. The festival offers more than 40 walks, which include ghostly encounters, bat detection and meeting the cows on a dairy farm, along with Walk2Love; a speed dating event.
For details of the Elvis Festival, visit www.elvies.co.uk, for details of the Love2Walk Festival, visit www.love2walk.co.uk.
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