‘Welsh Elvis’at de­men­tia care cen­tre

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RES­I­DENTS sing along with the Welsh Elvis as he rocks into their care home

An Elvis im­per­son­ator who’s also a hos­pi­tal chap­lain had res­i­dents at a de­men­tia care cen­tre of ex­cel­lence All Shook Up when he paid them a visit.

The Rev Wynne Roberts from An­gle­sey, dropped by for an hour-long show at Bryn Seiont Newydd in Caernar­fon and his ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence just couldn’t help be­liev­ing their luck. Kit­ted out in the trade­mark white slacks and boots, multi-coloured scarves and cus­tom-made shades the be-quiffed rock­ing rev­erend thrilled a full-house crowd in the mu­sic room with a pro­ces­sion of the King’s hits from the ten­der Won­der of You and It’s Now or Never to the groovier Blue Suede Shoes and Sus­pi­cious Minds. Right from the start he had them sing­ing and clap­ping along with tunes that many of them re­called from their early juke box days in the 50s and 60s.

When he’s not per­form­ing as the rock ‘n’ roll le­gend Wynne’s day job is as chap­lain man­ager for the Betsi Cad­wal­adr Health Board cov­er­ing all its fa­cil­i­ties across North Wales from his base at Ys­byty Gwynedd in Ban­gor. Wynne added: “I sing for a lot of peo­ple with de­men­tia at cen­tres like Bryn Seiont Newydd and I find that mu­sic is a great av­enue through which to reach peo­ple. Even in the dark­ness of de­men­tia peo­ple re­mem­ber the words to the num­bers they’ve known all their lives and of­ten be­gin to sing along with me.”

Pic: Mandy Jones/Eye Im­agery

Rev Wynne Roberts – the Welsh Elvis - sings with Bryn Seiont res­i­dent Daphne Egan.

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