Elvis Presley serenaded the guests, who also got to play
blackjack and roulette, and watch showgirls dancing. Staff also
served a "traditional" Vegas meal of burger and chips.
All 168 tickets were sold out before the event started at 7
o'clock, and guests were queuing outside long before the doors
opened. Jean Smart, who was there with her sister Rita, arrived
half an hour early to get a good seat near the front. The two
sisters had both dressed up for the occasion, wearing red, white
and blue hats.
Resident Pauline Hicks said that she had been a huge Elvis fan
since she was a teenager. "I used to have all his albums and I know
all the words," she said. She had brought her dog along with her
and the two enjoyed dancing along to Elvis' Hound Dog.
The room was not full of Elvis-lovers, however. Des Mucklow, who
has lived at New Oscott Village since it first opened, admitted
that he had never liked the music when he was younger, but was
still enjoying the tribute night.
Elvis also played other popular songs from the Sixties,
including Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline, and encouraged residents
to dance and sing along with him.
Village Activity Facilitator Paul Knight said he was enjoying
the evening, especially the casino tables. "It's really fun," he
said. "I can see how people get addicted!"
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Pictures (clockwise from top)
Village Activity Facilitator Paul Knight with resident Jean
Des Mucklow poses with the evening's dancers.
The event was sold out early.
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