Converted to the King in Truro

02 November 2006


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
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
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="">
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
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
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