Elvis tribute singer gets send off fit for The King

Elvis fanatic: Stan Beighton.
Elvis fanatic: Stan Beighton.
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ELVIS fan Stan Beighton has left the building - and what a rock ‘n’ roll send off they gave him.

Retired tribute performer Stan, from Woodhouse, Sheffield, was such a big fan of the King everyone called him Elvis.

And when he died suddenly at the age of 60, four days into a holiday in Menorca, his friends and family decided to give him a fitting send off.

As mourners dressed in Elvis costumes gathered at the crematorium on City Road, his nephew and niece Adam and Sugne Tomkins gave out Hawaiian Garlands and welcomed everyone with a cheery ‘Aloha’ - love in Hawaiian.

Music from Hawaii welcomed the pall bearers and Stan’s two-year-old grandson Aaron followed carrying a gold guitar floral tribute.

Aaron’s mum and dad Mary and Joseph, both, 21, and looking very much the part, were accompanied by his Aunt Carly, 22, who was wearing a Viva Las Vegas dress.

Stan’s brother Jud, 58, was resplendent in the white 68 Special - If I Can Dream suit, while Stan’s nephew Adam raised temperatures in the 68 Special Black Leather outfit.

Elvises from down the years, including from his GI Blues and Jailhouse Rock eras, were dotted among the guests.

Hairspray by the bucketload created quiffs that would have made Jedward proud. Even young Harry Schofield, aged just three weeks, sported one.

Stan was dressed in an official Elvis Pressley Enterprises gold lamé suit and retro sunglasses he purchased in Memphis, when he fulfilled his life-long dream to visit Graceland three years ago.

The majority of outfits were the brainchild of Jud, who co-owns Fancy Pants costume shop at Manor Top with his wife Liz, 53.

She said: “There were so many Elvis lookalikes our suppliers had to pull out all the stops for this one. The last time they were under this much pressure was when I was asked to organise a James Bond-themed wedding last May.”

Even the service leader Lisa Scott looked the part in a fetching a Hawaiin lei garland.

Liz added: “As guests paid their final respects and left to the accompaniment of Can’t Help Falling in Love, the feeling was one of joyous celebration for a lovely life.”

Family and friends then went on to the Birley Hotel, where The Classics, a rock and roll band featuring Jud on bass, took to the stage.

The growing crowd of Elvises bopped along to a 45 minute tribute of tunes made famous by the King.

Jud said: “When Stan was 17 and I was 15, we performed our first professional gig at the Birley, so it was really good to play there for him this last time.”

Stan’s sister Margaret Tomkins said: “Stan made his first plane trip ever when he went to Memphis and he did that unaccompanied. We made sure that although this final trip is also unaccompanied, he is getting the send off he well deserves.”

Stan leaves behind two daughters and a grandson.