Converted to the King in Truro

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02 November 2006

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Thank you for the prominence given to the Elvis Presley service in TrurCathedral< href="/80256fa1003e05c1/httppublicpages/dcd018b31afba3e9802571be004c69fd?opendocumentFeatures, 4 August). The Cathedral was packed for the even
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Though living in Cornwall or Plymouth, many had never been inside thcathedral before. Others had come specially from London and the Midlandshaving heard about it on Radio
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No doubt the attraction for the Elvis fans was to come to a gig, but thgospel songs had been selected with care: " lead="" me="" lord",="" "amazing="" grace",="" an"let="" us="" pray".="" they="" became="" focal="" points="" for="" the="" sermon,="" gospel="" reading,="" anprayers.="" the="" service="" was="" meaningful,="" but="" never="" lost="" the="" sense="" of="">
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Much of the success was due to the personality of the Elvis impersonatorJohnny Cowling. Here was no flashy rebel. A former chorister at St Merryn, hhad a genuineness and modesty that shone through his whole programm
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One of those who attended wrote afterwards: "What wonderful home-brewedCornish, honest entertainment, with a real spiritual twist. I can't believe wanted to stand up and clap in church - I'm a 1662 traditionalist
ERIC DARE
29 Treworder Road, Truro TR1 2JZ

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