King to sing at Duke for troops
GRIMSBY'S Duke of Wellington pub will be all shook up tonight thanks to a charity gig in aid of Help For Heroes.
As well as singing star Tony Elding standing in for Elvis, Tony's footballer son Anthony will be supporting the charity and helping to raise money for the troops along with his fellow Grimsby Town teammates.
The team has signed a strip and football to auction in aid of the troops' charity.
Landlady Mel Cannetti said she had chosen the charity because her partner, Lee Howell, and his mate David Clixby completed the world record-breaking Barrow From Barrow in aid of Help For Heroes in August.
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They finished the 18-mile challenge at Mel's other pub, The Hope And Anchor, in Victoria Street.
Mel said: "I thought it would be good to carry on the tradition of supporting the charity. Every little bit helps."
The chairman of the Grimsby and Cleethorpes branch of Help For Heroes, Linda O'Sullivan, said she was delighted the regulars and staff at the popular bar, in Pasture Street, Grimsby, had offered their support to the charity.
She said: "It is brilliant. It is so nice that people want to get involved and support the troops. Our group has been going for five years and has raised thousands of pounds thanks to the generosity of people from North East Lincolnshire.
"There are a number of servicemen from our area over in Afghanistan at the moment and it is good for them to know there is a lot of effort going on back home to help them."
The volunteers will have a collection of items which will be boxed into parcels for the troops for Christmas. The collection will take place at Asda superstore, in Holles Street, Grimsby, on October 27.
Mr Elding said: "I wanted to show my support for the troops. They are over there helping us. We would not be as safe as we are if it were not for their sacrifices. They need all our support.
"When they asked me to perform I immediately said I would because my lad plays for Grimsby Town and they are supporting the event. It is my first time in Grimsby. I hope people will come along and show support.
"It will mainly be Elvis from the Seventies and songs mostly from his Hawaiian concert, which went all round the world."
Tickets for the Elvis night cost £7 and include a buffet.
Elvis will be performing some of the King's greatest songs, including Heartbreak Hotel, Suspicious Minds and Love Me Tender. He has offered to do the gig at a reduced fee.
More details are available from Melanie on 01472 362682.