A DREAM has come true for lifelong Elvis Presley fan Bernard Smith, of Aldershot.

He jets out next month to visit the rock and roll king's home at Gracelands in Memphis, Tennessee.

As a cerebral palsy sufferer, confined to a wheelchair, he had almost given up hope of making the trip.

But he had reckoned without the determination and expertise of Di Baker, owner of Basingstoke-based Wellington Travel.

She not only managed to arrange a special facilities flight, but she also made sure he would have no transport problems during his 10-day stay.

"I surfed the web and contacted the Memphis cerebral palsy association," said Mrs Baker.

"They have been extremely helpful and have arranged all the transport he needs." It took her just over three months to arrange the holiday, and contacting the association was the missing link. She added: "It has been a joy to help Bernie realise his dream."

"It's wonderful," said 64-year-old Bernard, of Andover Road, Aldershot.

But as Bernard, whose favourite Elvis song is "Love Me Tender," prepares for the trip, spare a thought for his carer who will be accompanying him.

Noma Khumalo admitted that she can't stand the sound of the rock and roll giant's voice. "I'm a Country and Western fan," she revealed.