Elvis Tribute Act

Batley News

Concert hits the right note A charity night at Batley’s Irish Democratic League Club raised £1,500 for the tsunamni appeal. The event included entertainment by local Elvis impersonator, a raffle and bottle collection. Organisers, who handed over a cheque to a representative from Cafod last Thursday, thanked everyone who supported the event. And on Wednesday, June 22, a couple who were in Indonesia when the disaster struck Boxing Day last year will be giving a talk and slideshow about their experiences and about how the area is being rebuilt with help from people’s donations at the club in Churchfield Street, Batley.

Elvis Impersonator

Batley News

Ray's Charity Challenge Elvis impersonator Ray Wood will oil his quiff and don his blue suede shoes for a good cause when he takes to the stage at Batley Irish Nash next month. Ray, of Dale Lane, Heckmondwike, will perform with his band Elvis on Tour to raise money for the victims of the Tsunami in South Asia. The event on February 25 th was organised by Ray and Chris Hindle, who will perform with his band Connect Duo. Gareth Davey and Ruby Tuesday will also feature, and compere Gordon Halliwell will perform a few songs. Ray said, “I’m fortunate that people say I look and sound like Elvis, and I perform paid gigs regularly, but I thought it was time to give something back”. “The Tsunami is a terrible disaster and my partner, Karen, pointed out that I could do my bit for the cause. Altogether we’re hoping to raise £1.000" The event costs £3 for ticket holders and £5 on the door. Tickets are available at the Nash, or from Ray on 07711 735085

Elvis Impersonator

Spenborough Guardian

A RIGHT ROYAL TRIBUTE Over £4,000 raised in pub tribute A PUB'S fundraising weekend in memory of a regular customer who died earlier this year raised around £4,000 for charity. Staff and customers at the Royal in Heckmondwike enjoyed a fun-filled weekend in memory of John Russell, to raise funds for the Kirkwood Hospice, alongside his family. John, a regular at the pub for many years, died in April at the age of 63 after suffering from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos.

The event, sponsored by O'Garra Smith Gold Solicito rs of Leeds, kicked off on Saturday morning with a sponsored aerobics class. On Saturday evening there was a party night which included live bands, a DJ and a raffle, plus Elvis impersonator Ray Wood. Five men including landlord Martin Langan and Sean Rourke, one of the stars of the current Halifax TV ad, were auctioned and offered to take the winning bidders on a romantic date. Martin, who was offering to cook a champagne breakfast and watch It's a Wonderful Life followed by a shopping trip to Leeds, was surprised when his own partner Tracey bid the highest amount of £105.

The weekend ended with a sponsored walk on the Spen Valley Greenway on Sunday, started by Elvis. Martin said the event was a great success and a great time was had by all. "A touching memory for me will be from Sunday's sponsored walk," he said. "At the party night a lady kept coming up to me and saying how she was enjoying herself and on the Sunday before the walk she came to the pub to drop off some food for the participants.

She then took part in the walk, pushing a young child in a pushchair. "The lady turned out to be John's sister and she said he would be looking down smiling that day. I gave my excuses and went upstairs with a tear in my eye. "It's been a wonderful weekend for all of us and we have raised a lot of money for Kirkwood Hospice. Tracey and I would like to thank all the people in Heckmondwike for their kindness, generosity and support." A John Russell memorial football match was also held on Sunday June 29 when the "old" Royal beat the "new" Royal 8-4.

Elvis Tribute Act

Birstall News

Ray's all shook up about Elvis LOCAL folk would be forgiven that thinking the King was alive, well and living in Birstall thanks to one Birstall businessman's obsession with Elvis. Ray Wood, has taken his life-long devotion to the Graceland crooner one step further than most, building a shrine to his music on his Rhodes Avenue home and appearing as his hero at parties and functions.

"We're going to call it Ray's Land," he laughed, gesturing towards the partly built extension. "It will be like a shrine to Elvis and his music." He and his family even flew out to Graceland for the anniversary of Elvis' death last August and visited his Memphis home. Ray said: "It was unbelievable. It's been a dream because I have wanted to go for almost 23-years, so when it finally came off it was amazing going to the house and the grave side.

" Ray enjoyed his trip so much that he is planning to return again next year, taking his mum Rhene - who is also a huge fan - with him. It was soon after he returned that Ray decided to take the plunge and don his white rhine stone suit professionally after years of belting out the hits in front of locals. He said: "It is something that I have always wanted to do and I think that it was starting to drive my mates mad having Elvis blaring out all the time, so now I go out to parties, anniversaries and the like and give them half an hour or so of The King."

Recently he got a taste of what it is like to be the star attraction when he appeared at a sell out ladies night held in the White Heart pub, Batley. He said: "It went down really well. The pub was packed and everyone was joining in. It was a really good night. "Its great that 25 years on kids are still listening to and liking Elvis." Ray is now waiting for the day when all his dreams come true and he performs Suspicious Minds at a Las Vegas show. "That would be the ultimate performance," he said. "Elvis loved Vegas." Anyone interested in hiring Ray to appear at their function can contact him on either 0113 277 0009 or 07711 735085.

Batley News Viva Espana For Elvis!

Elvis may have loved Las Vegas but it was Viva Espana for one local impersonator who has just returned from two sell-out gigs near Marbella. Playing to crowds of up to 350 people, Ray Wood who owns RW Lift Truck and Transport Training Services in Grange Road said the mini tour had been "brilliant" and really "enjoyable".

Ray said he felt he was becoming more and more like the King everyday, saying"Elvis started his career at Sun Records, Memphis. I started mine at Fun Records, Heckmondwike! It's a bit of a coincidence." He even flew out in true Elvis style taking his entourage - Wife Karen, tour manager Shaun Moyser and his aunt and uncle along with him.

It all began some time ago, when Fun Records instructor Gordon Halliwell launched Ray onto the music scene and thanks to a little help from Shaun, he has never looked back. Ray said "within the short space of time I have gone from being local to international. It has all happened really quickly, but that was the way it was for Elvis too".

But his rapid success has not made him too big for his blue suede shoes, as although he has been offered a permanent position in Benidorm he still has plans for gigs closer to home.

Heckmondwike Herald

Elvis took centre stage at Heckmondwike's first ever music festival in August, held at the Cricket Club and organised by Fun Records and Heckmondwkie Events.