Norfolk Elvis is all shook up for charity bid
By day he's an operations manager at a Norfolk hotel.But whenever he gets the chance, Quinton Haverson steps into another hotel – the Heartbreak Hotel world of an Elvis impersonator.
Quinton, 39, has been doing his hip-swivelling, lip-curling, quiff-flipping routine as the King of Rock and Roll since he was at school and has spent thousands on getting the gear that transforms him into 'Q Elvis' on stage.
Now, he's about to get them all shook up by doffing his rhinestone-studded white Elvis jump suit for a special charity gig for the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind at the Hotel Wroxham, where he has worked for 12 years.
He chose the charity after joining Norwich City legend Jeremy Goss on the first leg of his epic Back to Bayern bike ride in August.
'I was so impressed by Jeremy's hard work and dedication, I thought I would like to do something for them,' he said. 'This is my way of putting something back.'
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The Evening with Q Elvis is being held at the Hotel Wroxham on Saturday, January 28 and gives Quinton an all too infrequent chance to make sure fans aren't left lonesome tonight.
'Working at a hotel means I have to work most weekends, so I don't have many opportunities to do gigs,' said Quinton. 'And my wife Katrina can't stand Elvis so I can't practice in the house.
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'The only real chance I get is in the car driving to and from work, when I put a backing track in and let rip.'
Quinton's boss, the owner of the Hotel Wroxham, David Easter spent �1,700 buying him his iconic Aloha from Hawaii jump suit. 'I think he fancies himself as Col Tom Parker,' quipped Quinton, 'but he's been really kind.'
'I spent �700 on an Elvis wig from the States, boots and who knows what on DVDs, backing tracks and other equipment so I could study Elvis and try to get his moves spot on.'
As former head chef at the hotel, Quinton, from Norwich, was pressed into kitchen action over Christmas and the New Year.
'On New Year's Eve, I was in the kitchen cooking for 11 hours for 140 people and then came out to do Elvis for them. When you have that jump suit on, they are transfixed. I could walk down the road and they wouldn't turn their heads, but as Elvis I feel really special,' said father of two Quinton.
'My ideal aim is to visit Gracelands and Vegas one day and enter an Elvis competition out there.'
And just what is it about The King? Quinton pauses. 'He was the man. The first. The original. I can't really say more than that.'
An Evening with Q Elvis is at the Hotel Wroxham on Saturday, January 28, from 7pm. Tickets are �5 per head and can be obtained from the Hotel Wroxham on 01603 782061, or from the NNAB on 01603 629558.
A raffle and auction conducted by Jeremy Goss will also be held on the evening.
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