AN Elvis impersonator who is also a hospital chaplain had residents at a Caernarfon dementia care home 'All Shook Up.'

The Rev Wynne Roberts dropped by for an hour-long show at the dementia centre of excellence Bryn Seiont Newydd.

Kitted out in the trademark white slacks and boots, multi-coloured scarves and custom-made shades and quiff, the rocking reverend thrilled a full-house with the King’s hits from Wonder of You, It’s Now or Never to Blue Suede Shoes and Suspicious Minds.

Residents sang and clapped along with tunes that many of them recalled from their early juke box days in the 50s and 60s.

When he’s not performing as the rock ‘n’ roll legend Wynne’s day job is as chaplain manager for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board covering all its facilities across North Wales from his base at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

He said: “I’ve always been a lover of music, particularly the King but hadn’t really sung much apart from in the shower. Then, about four years ago, I went along to see my late mum when she was in a residential nursing home. I sang a few Elvis songs for them. A bit later on I was attending an Elvis festival and went into a karaoke bar. The audience went ballistic. I now perform all over Britain.

“People call me the Welsh Elvis which is very nice, but I don’t try to mimic him – I just enjoy singing his songs.”

Wynne, who lives on Anglesey, added: “Elvis songs are particularly effective for those with dementia because people now in residential homes were teenagers when he was making hits like Hound Dog and hearing them again takes them right back."

One of Wynne's biggest dates coming up in his packed diary is an appearance alongside popular Welsh tenor Rhys Meirion in Criccieth on May 4.

During his performance Wynne broke into Welsh for his version of Lonesome Tonight

Christine Wiggins was visiting her 69-year-old husband Peter.

She said: “I think Wynne is amazing and he’s brought a lot of joy to everyone here today."

Margaret Rowe, originally from South Wales, now in her eighties, said: “It was marvellous, the song I enjoyed most was Lonesome Tonight, the one in Welsh.”

Mary Williams, 88, who previously lived in Pwllheli said: “I loved hearing the Elvis songs, they reminded me of when I was young.”

Nia Davies Williams, the home's resident musician, said: “We’re very grateful to Wynne for coming along and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the performance.”