AN EASTWOOD beat bobby is hanging up his handcuffs for two nights only, when he takes to the stage as Elvis at community Christmas parties.
Eastwood-based Pcso Pete Keeley is known by his colleagues to make the ‘Jailhouse Rock’ with his renditions, but now he has developed quite the reputation among the community thanks to his lip curling and crooning on the beat.
So much so that a number of residents invited Pete to their Christmas parties instead of the more traditional Father Christmas.
Pete said: “I have been known to do the odd Elvis impression around the place and I just love to sing. But after four years on the beat I’m beginning to find that people are actually making requests as I do my patrols.
“My reputation has truly gone before me this year though. By popular demand I’ve had a couple of invites to perform at community Christmas events.”
But only fools rush in. Pete, who sung in front of the Chief Constable last Christmas, has been practicing his shuffle and saving his voice with a little less conversation.
He said: “It’s just a bit of fun really. I’m by no means a professional impersonator. It’s not like I turn up at the pub for karaoke dressed in my rhinestones.
“I haven’t even got an outfit, so I will be attending in uniform. No blue suede shoes, just standard police issue boots.
“It’s probably for the best anyway, to save my embarrassment.”
Pete’s favourite Elvis number is ‘The Wonder of You’.
He said: “That one is normally reserved for my wife but being that it’s Christmas I don’t think she’ll mind if I pick out another lucky lady to sing it to.”
Pete will be attending Christmas parties at Hopkins Court, in Albert Street, on Wednesday December 14 and at the Pensioner’s Party at Brinsley Parish Hall on Saturday December 17.
Organiser Janet Enever said: “Everybody round here knows Pete because he’s our local policeman so it will be a great surprise for all of us to see him performing Elvis songs.”
Pete added: “Other than spreading a bit of Christmas cheer as only Elvis can, I will of course also be at the parties as a Pcso.”