Elvis impersonator leads Bethnal Green home in rock and roll Christmas

Elvis Presley was famous for having a Blue Christmas but residents at a Bethnal Green care home were delighted when The King paid a visit last Friday.

The Silk Court home in Ivimey Street welcomed Elvis impersonator Gary Redpath to launch their Christmas activity programme and sing some of Presley’s rock-and-roll classics.

Elvis fan and resident Beatrice Berry, 81, said the performance took her back to the Swinging Sixties.

She said: “Hearing the songs now reminds me of when I was younger, doing the rock ‘n’ roll dances.

“Holding such events as the Elvis performance is fun.


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“There’s always lots of interesting activities organised here, especially the baking sessions and the quizzes.”

Friend Andrew Corr, 82, who has lived at Silk Court for nine years, said: “My favourite Elvis hit is Blue Christmas, especially at this time of year because it reminds me of the fun times I had during Christmases past.

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“I liked his songs because they are good tunes to listen to.

“I bought so many of his records when I was younger.”

Silk Court manager Marcia Forsythe explained that residents chose to have the modern-day King visit them because the original singer had such a huge impact on their lives.

She said: “We organise a lot of different activities here as it’s important for the residents’ mental and physical well-being as well as it being fun.”

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