The region of Ayrshire in Scotland will celebrate next week the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's only visit to the United Kingdom. It was only an hour stopover as Elvis flew from his military service in Germany back to the United States. The Herald has a story about the occasion, including some quotes from the official British Air Ministry photographer who was there that day:
"Every time I see or hear Elvis I'm immediately transported back to that night," says (Ian) Ghee, 75, who lives in Kilmarnock. "I really feel an affinity to him, although that's maybe slightly misplaced. I've had a lot of mileage out of that particular night."The article notes the controversy over theater producer Bill Kenwright's revelation a couple years ago of Elvis' supposedly secret visit to London in 1958, and says a spokesman for Elvis Presley Enterprises denies that such a visit ever took place. That suits fine the town of Prestwick, which takes some pride in being the only spot of British soil on which The King trod.