LOVE ME TENDER: Kingaroy resident, Jeff Hancox will be attending next year's Parkes Elvis tribute competition.
LOVE ME TENDER: Kingaroy resident, Jeff Hancox will be attending next year's Parkes Elvis tribute competition. Matt Collins

Elvis lives on as a forklift driver

ONE of the world's biggest Elvis festivals will take place early next year and for one Kingaroy forklift driver that means donning the blue suede shoes and getting all shook up.

Kingaroy resident, Jeff Hancox has been attending the Parkes Elvis Festival every year since 2014.

"I am an avid Elvis fan and have been since as long as I can remember,” he said.

A full-time forklift driver, Mr Hancox moonlights as an Elvis tribute artist however he claims he doesn't think there is too much of a resemblance.

"I don't think I look like him, I don't think I sound like him but I try to sing his songs the way he sang them as my tribute to the man and to keep his legacy alive,” he said.

Mr Hancox will once again be competing in 2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition at the Parkes Elvis Festival.

The hardcore fan of the king of rock and roll said it was festivals like this that helped keep the memory of Elvis alive.

"It is so good to see the diversity of age in the fans at these events and you know he will never be forgotten,” Mr Hancox said.

When he wasn't singing the Elvis hits, Mr Hancox entertained audiences in various South Burnett venues and he was looking forward to his Kingaroy RSL show on Saturday December 8.

"I make a living driving a forklift but on weekends I do a bit of entertaining in local clubs and pubs and private functions,” he said.

The Parkes Elvis Festival will run from January 9 to 13, 2019 and includes the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition.

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