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King sings for troops

PUBLISHED: 16:34 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:36 12 August 2010

PEDAL POWER: Singer Gary King with cycle team member Don Bleyswyck.

PEDAL POWER: Singer Gary King with cycle team member Don Bleyswyck.

ELVIS is backing the troops with a hip-shaking performance to raise money for injured soldiers. Tribute singer Gary King is the star of the show at a 60s and 70s disco night in aid of the Royal British Legion. The event at Sidcup Rugby Football Club,

ELVIS is backing the troops with a hip-shaking performance to raise money for injured soldiers.

Tribute singer Gary King is the star of the show at a '60s and '70s disco night in aid of the Royal British Legion.

The event at Sidcup Rugby Football Club, in Sydney Road, on Saturday, July 4, is organised by Team Sidcup Cycles, which is supporting young soldiers returning from battle zones such as Afghanistan, where the 179th British victim died this week.

They will be taking part in the 280-mile Pedal 2 Paris, along with Times reporter Martin Sawden, from Greenwich Park to Paris in September.

Stretching his legs on a tandem from Sidcup Cycle Centre, with team member Don Bleyswyck, who was sporting a uniform from World War II, The King said the Royal British Legion was a charity close to his heart.

Mr King, of Danson Crescent, Welling, added: "One of the things I find very rewarding is performing at care homes and last week I met Jim Tuff, a 91-year-old man in Strood.

"Jim took part in the Normandy landings in 1944. He was in one of only six tanks from 40 to make it off the beach under heavy enemy fire.

"The guy is a hero. I don't know if the young people of today realise what those young troops went through back then."

He added: "Being a soldier, it's not a job I could do. There are young guys fighting in war zones, risking their lives for us right now. Nearly 200 have paid the ultimate price in Afghanistan, but there are scores more coming back injured, without limbs or burns.

"The least we can do is back them by supporting the British Legion, who can help them cope with life after injury."

Military enthusiast Mr Bleyswyck, 46, of Chapel Farm Road, Mott-ingham, is doing his fourth Pedal 2 Paris bike ride.

He said: "The British Legion acts as a safety net. It helps those who have been through the system that need additional help.

"It's vital because it shows our soldiers that someone cares, that there is support if they need it."

For tickets, priced £10, for the fun night out from 8pm to midnight at Sidcup Rugby Football Club, Crescent Farm, on July 4 call 07973 327650.

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