A FORMER Redditch vicar who quit his job to become an Elvis Presley impersonator is retiring.

The Rev Andy Kelso, former vicar at Christ Church in Matchborough, ditched his dog collar in 2011 to wear a high collar and jewelled white jump suit - and found himself spread all over the tabloids.

After 25 years as a vicar he said he had a calling from God.

Rev Kelso has travelled all over the UK including many trips to Belfast, the most amazing being one in February 2014 on a peace mission to bring Catholics and Protestants together.

He walked the whole Peace Line as Elvis and sang some songs, inviting people to a concert in aid of The Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.

The concert saw Catholics and Protestants sitting together, raising over £4000.

Andy has been going to churches inviting them to put on one of his concerts and invite members of the community along to build bridges between church and community.

He's even sung in Austria, Greece and The Gambia.

He has recorded six CDs and written a book called "A Most Unusual Journey", as well as making a DVD called "Finding Elvis".

Andy will be performing a special farewell concert on Friday, November 29 at South Redditch Social Club from 7pm.

"Now it's time to say goodbye so if you want to be part of a very special evening, then do book the date and your ticket," he said.

For more information, go to revelvis.co.uk.