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Sunday, 11 April 2004

TARTAN TROUBLE AS THE KING GETS A KILT?


The BBC reports that a special blue, grey, green and yellow Presley tartan has been created by Mike King of Lonmay, Aberdeenshire to honour the recently-discovered fact that Elvis Presley had ancestors in the town. Mr King explains that "We used blue to represent the nearby town of Peterhead - the Blue Toon - as well as grey for the skies, green for countryside grass, and yellow for local cornfields.The sporran is gold and engraved with thistles and a bald eagle to show the Scottish and American link". Meanwhile, the proprietor of Lonmay’s only hotel has said that he plans to redecorate his lounge using the Presley-Lonmay tartan. A spokesman for the Aberdeen and Grampian Tourist Board has realised the potential of Lonmay’s new-found fame, saying "Hopefully this is the start of entrepreneurs and local businesses moving in to take advantage of the Elvis link and help tourism in the area".

The IPKat cautions that the Presley estate is notorious zealous in its guardianship of the Presley name, and those businesses which do seek to take advantage of the Elvis link may find themselves in hot water.

Elvis – the Scottish connection here
Official Elvis here
Unofficial Elvis here and here
More rock ‘n’ roll tartan here

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