Elvis impersonator gets the blues over sacking

An Elvis impersonator has been sacked after
performing with his band while off sick from work.

Gasman Billy McGregor was dumped after 27 years
service, but denies a bad back should have kept him from the stage.

"I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong
at all," he told the Mirror newspaper.

"It’s not like I had a sore throat and
couldn’t sing. It was my back and that meant I couldn’t do my job as a service
engineer. I was on the front of the company magazine in full Elvis outfit. I
was hardly trying to hide, was I?

"I was going to cancel the performance,
but the other lads said we could take it easy and I could stop and start when I
wanted.

"I feel caught in a trap."

Many workmates, including one of his managers,
at gas company Transco bought tickets to the show.

Yesterday a Newcastle
tribunal gave him permission to lodge a claim for constructive dismissal.

Quentin Reade

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