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4th Jul, 2022

Returned to vendor - Joy as Elvis is back at Bromsgrove garage

A GARAGE once famous for having an Elvis mannequin on the roof has returned ‘The King of Rock n Roll’ to his rightful home in a move that has left locals and visitors ‘all shook up’.

The last time Elvis was there – on the roof of Graceland Garage (as it was then) on Old Birmingham Road – was in 2008.

When current owner Gary Jennings took it over, the previous one took Elvis with him and Gary rebranded it to ‘Lickey Hills Garage’.

Then four years ago, while he was out in Spain, Gary saw an Elvis figure outside a bar and since then the idea of getting another one for the garage was ‘always on his mind’.

He bought one from Ebay and now Elvis – similar to the original one – is in his rightful place again.

Currently he is by the roadside but the plan is to put him back on the roof again.

Gary said: “We are going to need a little crane and to cordon off an area and make sure he is fastened properly so it will be a bit of a job.

“I have customers coming in who say they remember seeing Elvis when they were kids and are glad to see him back.”

One boy asked if he could swap his old guitar with Elvis’ because it was in better condition – a voice in his head said ‘don’t be cruel’ and Gary obliged.

Gary added: “It made his day and this Elvis isn’t going to be playing it anytime soon.”

The previous Elvis had quite an eventful existence on the roof – during his ten-year tenure he was stolen, found, damaged, repaired and then taken down after getting embroiled in a planning row with the council.

That led to protests from people demanding the King be returned to his rightful place.

Now, 14 years on, Elvis is back.

Gary said this Elvis had already brought plenty of joy and his customers and passers-by just ‘can’t help falling in love’ with him.

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