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Patsy Anderson pictured with club secretary    George Twamley

Fan club members enjoying the night at Jury's Hotel.

George and Margaret Twamley with Daughter Aine admire Elvis suit with Patsy Anderson

Eamon Carr, well known journalist being presented with award for keeping the name of Elvis alive through his articles.

Getting ready for the big night

John and Cliff enjoy a laugh

Down to the last two couples in the Rock'n'Roll dance competition

Patsy being interviewed by Glenn Lee of Beaumont Radio

Journalist and Broadcaster Eamon Carr spins the records at Jury's

A full house enjoy the night

This article was published in the "Evening Herald" on Thursday 27th. February, 1992 and was written by Richard Balls.

           Fans All Shook Up Over the King's $250,000 Suit

 

Secretary George Twamley is seen here displaying the suit for the press.

Dublin has seen priceless artefacts before, of course. there was the Kremlin gold, the Chinese terracotta army, Caravaggio's paintings-and now Elvis Presley's suit. And if you thought the security was tight for the other exhibitions, you don't know The Elvis Presley Fan Club.

Graceland's communications manager Patsy Anderson personally carried the studded suit in a case to Dublin for the fan club's charity fund raiser. At auction it would fetch anything up to $250,000 "if I go to the ladies room it goes with me, it sits right beside me on the aeroplane and whenever there is a change-over at an airport, I have got my foot on it" she says grimly.

 

      Patsy Anderson address's  the press   at the pre-event launch, on the right is the late Chairman of the club David Stinson.

"It is kept in a private storeroom at Graceland under special climate and lighting controls so that it doesn't fade. Nobody touches it without wearing gloves."

The sleeveless cream jacket, with real leather collar , and black flowered trousers , were hand sewn and designed for Elvis in 1974 by his tailors, ICC Clothing in Hollywood.

Making it's glittery debut amid tight security at the Elvis Charity Spectacular on Sunday at Jury's Hotel, the rock 'n' roller's suit is the first item of clothing allowed out of his hallowed Graceland home and into another country.

Patsy said of her decision to break Elvis protocol for the event: "I thought Elvis would have wanted me to do that, he was very generous and giving in his nature". If he could be told that this could raise money, he would want to make these children's lives better in this way.

George Twamley, secretary of The "Official" Irish Elvis Presley Fan Club, said the exhibition of the suit would be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for many Elvis fans to glimpse one of the garments worn by The King. "That suit is the suit, there is not one like it anywhere in the world, it is the same thing as going to the Tower of London and someone taking the crown jewels out of their case, they are unobtainable".

The proceeds from the fund raiser by the 800 member Irish fan club, will be given to the Friedreich's Ataxia Society of Ireland.                

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