Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Elvis Presley at Prestwick Airport in Scotland.

Elvis was only ever in Scotland in 1960.

My Uncle Robert Ghee shaking hands with The King
My Uncle Ian and Uncle Robert got to meet The King in person for the only hour that he was ever in Scotland (or on British soil for that matter)

My Uncle Ian worked at Prestwick airport at the time and got wind that a VIP was going to be visiting on the 3rd of March 1960.

It was Elvis Presley.

Elvis’ plane was stopping over to refuel on his way back to the US after being in the Germany Army for two years.

My Uncle Ian, being a photographer, grabbed the opportunity and phoned my mum (who was, and still is a HUGE Elvis fan) to be the one to pose as the person who was to carry his photographic accessories to get through security.

My mum said she had a date with my dad and turned him down!!!
Can you frikken believe it?
Uncle Robert with Elvis
Love is truly blind.
I’ll bet she’ll regret that for the rest of her life.
My Uncle Robert went instead.
However, my Mum has some awesome portrait shots of The King shaking my Uncle Robert's hand and some of just Elvis looking dashingly handsome in his military uniform.
Uncle Robert still has the piece of paper that Elvis autographed for him.
They’re probably worth a small fortune to Elvis memorabilia collectors and the photos worth even more to my mum. 

It will be forever  "The day she missed out on meeting Elvis" without his protective manager and all the paparazzi and fans swarming him.
Some press were there too that day, but my Uncle Ian was the only photographer to make it to the airport in time to snap The King.
How's that for awesome??
True story...
Elvis Presley.  All the photos are scans of the originals.


Matty said...

I envy your uncle and wish I could have met him. Your mom sure must have loved your dad a lot to miss out on this opportunity. Great pictures of the King.

Marcelle said...

wow this is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!

Brian Miller said...

very cool story. love those chance meetings. great snaps fo the king as well.

dropped you a reply...just let me know what you need.

Sir Thomas AKA (Winters Reaper) said...

very awesome....

WhisperingWriter said...

How cool!

Vicky said...

Awesome photos, not the standard press shots more candid.

Blasé said...

Me and Elvis have a lot in common! No, really, we do!...why are you laughing??

TheUnwashedMass said...

Elvis is one of the few men in history I could "go" for. The others would be: All four members of The Beatles, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jnr, and Bret McKenzie from "Flight of the Conchords".

Does that make me gay, or just bi-curious with really high standards?

KK said...

Totally awesome :) My former secretary won a "date" with him way back when she was in high school.

cat said...

Now that is just awesome!

angel said...

How awesome is that!!!


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