Elvis tribute to Torfaen gritting team is a YouTube sensation
11:05am Wednesday 23rd January 2013 in Gwent news
IT may have been Elvis Presley who made In the Ghetto famous in 1969.
But it is Torfaen council and Darren ‘Graceland’ Jones who have given it a newlease of life in 2013 as In the Depot.
Then, words and music were by the great writer Scott Davis.
Now the words are by (the surely no less great) Torfaen council communications team.
And this anthem to gritting has understandably become a YouTube hit.
By last night 10,000 people had tuned in to hear the dulcet tones of Darren Graceland Jones recreating Elvis’s version only this time depicting a cold and grey Torfaen morn - as opposed to Chicago.
With lyrics such as: “..and the people sigh, coz if there’s one thing that they don’t need is another cold night, where the roads will freeze.”
Or “...people don’t understand we can’t grit every inch of land.” it is perfect.
And it illustrates the sterling work the gritters have done throughout the recent bad weather keeping Torfaen roads as clear of snow as possible.
Local Elvis impersonator Darren”Graceland Jones was only too happy to help out.
And in a whistle stop tour of the county with only one hour available to film they succeeded in bringing a bit of light relief to the tales of wintry weather..
Mr Jones, 41, who impersonates Elvis as a hobby but works at a Cwmbran factory full-time, said: “I’m gobsmacked at the reaction to the video. People have left comments from as far as Australia and America, so it’s gone viral.
Torfaen head of communications Neil Jones said: “ “This video highlights the vital work of our winter maintenance crews and we must thank Darren ‘Graceland’ Jones for giving his time to help get out important messages on gritting.”
To view the video visit southwalesargus.co.uk