Oz attempt to smash Elvis world record fails

Last Updated: Jan 09, 2011, 20:16 PM IST

Melbourne: Even more than 15,000 die-hard fans of Elvis Presley gathered at Parkes in central New South Wales could not break the world record for the largest-ever gathering of Elvis impersonators.

“We didn`t break the record, but we did have 610 impersonators - including Priscillas - so we`re going to write to the Guinness Book of Records and see if we can get an entry for that,” News.com.au quoted Parkes mayor Ken Keith as saying.

“I`m confident that we`ll break the record in 2012,” he said.

Thousands of Elvis fans had flocked into the annual Parkes Elvis Festival, which is timed to celebrate The King`s January 8 birthday.

The town has still had a win of sorts with 3,000 extra people thought to be in town compared with last year.

The 12,000 that descended on Parkes for the festival in 2010 managed to generate 5 million dollars for the local economy.