Stan lines up for Elvis final

In his blue suede shoes and shaking his pelvis, Stan Baines is the oldest swinger in town. He has become one of Norfolk's most famous Elvis impersonators - and at 86 he is one of the oldest.

In his blue suede shoes and shaking his pelvis, Stan Baines is the oldest swinger in town.

He has become one of Norfolk's most famous Elvis impersonators - and at 86 he is one of the oldest.

Now, the grandfather of three is set to don his quiff and gold sunglasses in a bid to be crowned King in a competition at the Brickmakers pub at Sprowston, near Norwich.

Mr Baines, a retired chef, impersonates Norman Wisdom, George Formby and Andy Williams at lunch clubs and residential homes, and said he was urged to enter the contest after singing a few bars of an Elvis track.


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The second world war veteran has been entertaining audiences for 21 years, and is also a volunteer for the charity Mencap.

He said: "On one occasion I was singing at a contest and I heard my granddaughter whisper to someone in the audience that I was her granddad.

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"It made me so proud because it's nice when someone wants everyone to know that you are a member of their family."

In recent years Mr Baines, of Thorpe St Andrew, was offered a regular slot at Caister Holiday Camp near Yarmouth, until the owners realised his age.

"There's no chance of my getting on Top of the Pops now but if I did I would wear my cream-coloured trousers, red shirt and white tie and a dark blazer. Only when the audience starts throwing things will I ever think about stopping."

The finals of the Brickmakers' Elvis contest, In Search of the King, are on Tuesday night.

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