Dean 'Elvis' Allsopp has come direct from the UK to help raise money for the RSPCA at a charity show to be held at the Western Suburbs Leagues Club.
Dean 'Elvis' Allsopp has come direct from the UK to help raise money for the RSPCA at a charity show to be held at the Western Suburbs Leagues Club. Max Fleet

Ain't nothin' to help a hound dog

LAST year he was saving the donkeys and this year he is saving cats and dogs.

For the UK's top Elvis impersonator Dean Elvis Allsopp, it's all in a day's work as he hits the stage in his blue suede shoes.

There will be plenty of swooning as Allsopp takes the stage at Western Suburbs Leagues Club on July 1 and 15 to raise money for the Bundaberg RSPCA.

Admitting to having seen a few Elvis impersonators in his time, RSPCA fundraiser Cliff Ryan - the man responsible for bringing the entertainer to Bundaberg - said Allsopp was the best he had seen without a doubt.

"I went for a holiday in the Isle of Wight and, after being drawn to Dean's show again and again, encouraged him to have a holiday in Australia and give Bundaberg a taste of the action," Mr Ryan said.

"We were lucky that the hotel where he works is being renovated.

"So here he is and I am really looking forward to the show because it is going to be great."

Having toured across Bundaberg sampling the sights and being impressed with its size and beauty, Allsopp is already busy creating a buzz about the shows.

He said some days he couldn't quite believe he was in Bundaberg.

"When I take to the stage I change from Dean to Elvis, I just become him," he said.

"I have a tonne of fans in the Isle of Wight and am definitely going to bring the wow factor to my show at the Western Suburbs Leagues Club.

"The performing all started with my dad, who used to win holidays and everything, so it was just something that I took on and have been doing semi-professionally for 10 years."

Allsopp has even been featured on the BBC for raising $5000 with sold-out shows for a British donkey sanctuary.

"(Wests) seats approximately 200 people and I want Bundaberg Elvis lovers to dig deep so that we can produce sold-out shows too," he said.

Audiences can expect some crowd favourites such as the extended version of Suspicious Minds and, of course, in tribute to the charity he is fundraising for, he won't forget to add a bit of Hound Dog.

Bundaberg RSPCA shelter manager Vicki Beer could not stop raving about having the singer all the way from the UK to raise money for the RSPCA.

"It is awesome," she said.

"I often get caught up in the running of the shelter, so to have someone like Cliff to help out with fundraising and other businesses respond to the NewsMail article (last month) is just so great.

"I hope we have a couple of good nights and raise money for this worthy cause."

Dean "Elvis" Allsopp will be supported by recording artist Pete O'Brien with ESP.

Tickets cost $30 and are available by phoning 4155 1280.



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