ROCK ‘n roll revellers showed they still Can’t Help Falling in Love with Elvis Presley as musical mecca Glasgow Prestwick Airport paid their annual tribute to the King, writes Stewart McConnell.

The Elvis Touch Fan Club held their 25th anniversary dance, 60 years after he landed at Prestwick Airport and three days after the late great singer’s 85th birthday. Organiser and Irvine man Paul Downie said at the event: “It’s now 26 years ago since myself and my wife Linda came up with the idea of a dance at the airport. We have nearly 200 people attending and the event goes from strength to strength. There’s no one like Elvis, he had the charisma, he was cool and could sing rock ‘n roll, ballads and gospel. There won’t be anyone like him in my lifetime or maybe for hundreds of years. My favourite Elvis era is the seventies. My favourite concert is his very last one in 1977 when he didn’t look well but his voice was tremendous.”

A whole host of Elvis videos and vinyl were played throughout the night and Illinois Baxter and the 209s took to the stage and played Elvis classics in their style, including Blue Moon of Kentucky, Don’t Be Cruel and Mess of Blues. Brian Conroy, vocalist and rhythm guitarist said: “I’m a big Elvis fan and when my parents took me to Butlins when I was 11 and I bought a K-Tel LP with Jerry Lee Lewis song Chantilly Lace and I was hooked and bought up the Elvis Sun Sessions records.”