Elvis impersonator and hotel manager leaves 50 brides in the lurch

Ruth Doherty
Elvis impersonator and hotel manager leaves 50 brides in the lurch
Elvis impersonator and hotel manager leaves 50 brides in the lurch

Ross Parry


An Elvis impersonator and hotel manager has created chaos by abandoning his venue - and leaving 50 brides in the lurch.

Dave Elliot, 46, and his wife Dyan said they were forced to leave the Sandygate Hotel at Wath-upon-Dearne, near Rotherham, when bailiffs arrived with a possession order.

But since Elliott - or should we say Elvis? - left the hotel, new manager Glynn Atmore has been struggling to honour all the bookings, as Dave took the diary with him.

Mr Atmore told the Daily Mail: "I couldn't find the diary for the bookings so the only way we know if people have booked is if they ring us.

"I've had about 50 brides contact us in the last few days and we will try to honour as many bookings as we can."

Mr Elliot's efforts to turn the hotel around were featured on the TV programme the Hotel Inspector two years ago.

On the advice of businesswoman Alex Polizzi, Mr Elliot introduced an Elvis theme to the hotel, a move inspired by his habit of treating guests to his impersonation.

He spent £15,000 on a hotel redesign and renovation - but the bid to boost the business failed.

According to the Daily Mail, Mr Elliot said: "We were served with a possession order by bailiffs, the business is going into bankruptcy."

Janet Eubank, a spokeswoman for Trust Inns, which owns the Sandygate, told the paper: "We are trying to honour all functions but unfortunately we do not have the diary to know what has been booked as the previous tenant took it with him when he left.

"Unfortunately any monies paid to the previous tenant can only be claimed back from him as the agreement or contract was made directly with him."

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