Elvis Weekender hailed a hit at Brid Spa

Rick E Richards and Elvis G at the Elvis Weekender. (PA1318-16a)
Rick E Richards and Elvis G at the Elvis Weekender. (PA1318-16a)

Bridlington Spa’s Elvis Weekender has once again been hailed as a success after it returned to the town for its fourth year.

The event saw 32 tribute acts descend on the resort for the Elvis Tribute Artist (ETA) Masters show, which was eventually won by Midlands based Gordon Elvis.

The event also saw a host of other Elvis related shows and attractions, with promoters estimating that up to 2,000 people visited the Spa over the weekend.

Steve Caprice, a performer who along with his wife Barbara is a festival director, said: “It just keeps growing every year, what a weekend. We even had trouble sorting hotel rooms for some of our team which goes to show how busy the town was, and it’s a great thing to bring so many to the area,

“It turns Bridlington into the Las Vegas of the north for one weekend. There was a great standard from our performers and in the Masters competition. My personal highlight was the Saturday night show which was packed out, the atmosphere was electric.”

The Masters event sees tribute artists coming from far and wide to get the chance to win a £1,500 top prize and the chance to appear in the semi finals of the ultimate Elvis tribute artist contest in Memphis Tenessee.

This year’s winner was Gordon Elvis, a 29-year-old originally from Malta.

He said: “I’m very happy and proud to have won the title, and now I am the only person who has won all the different competitions around the country.

“I think Bridlington was the highest standard competition I have been involved in, I asked the judges how they scored me and they said I had the total package which was great.”