Wroxham charity gig will have you all shook up

By day he works at a hotel - by night he's the King of rock and roll. Quinton Haverson will be appearing at a charity concert for the East Anglian Children's Hospice at Wroxham this Saturday. Derek James reports.

He ain't nothing but a Hound Dog from the Heartbeak Hotel – or could it be Quinton Haverson from the Hotel Wroxham.

Quinton Haverson has turned into Elvis Presley.

And he is loving every minute of transforming himself into the king of rock 'n' roll, helping others at the same time, and performing with the one and only Norfolk Offbeats, who were around when Elvis was in his prime turning out hit after hit

When he isn't all shook up, Quinton 'Q Elvis' Haverson is the operations manager at The Hotel Wroxham, where he will be performing this Saturday, January 22, for a special charity night.

The whole idea is to have some fun, enjoy some classic rock 'n' roll music, and raise money for EACH – the East Anglian Children's Hospice.

'We hope to see a lot of people for a good night out helping a great cause,' said Mike Lorenz of the brilliant Offbeats.

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The other day I told you how a 1960s record made by American-based Pete Miller, founder of the band in the late 1950s, made getting on for �1,700 on Ebay.

The Offbeats still have the original members, Mike, Dave Wilson and Luke Watson and are now joined by one of the best rock guitarists in Norfolk, former Continental Rod Kidd.

The boys were village hall heroes in the late 1950s as they duck-walked their way across the stage playing the latest Chuck Berry hits.

Pete Miller went off to join Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers while others joined Ricky Southern & The Big Beat Four and later the Continentals – one of the biggest Norfolk bands in the 1960s.

The Offbeats reformed for The Golden Years in 1996 and have never looked back. 'We are enjoying ourselves more than ever,' said Mike, who owns the Whalebone in Norwich and is managing director of Broadland Taverns.

The proceeds of the fun Elvis night will be part of Norwich Inns 2010 charity programme.

The Norfolk-based group of independently owned pubs, hotels, restaurants and leisure facilities has raised thousands of pounds for local charities over the years, thanks to their customers.

Tickets for the concert are �5 and are on sale at The Whalebone on Magdalen Road and the Hotel Wroxham. You can also log on www.norwichinns.com and www.each.org.uk for more details.