Shaun’s all shook up

Shaun Walker and Fiona Coyle.
Shaun Walker and Fiona Coyle.
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AN ill-fitting jumpsuit has left one Elvis impersonator all shook up.

Tribute act Shaun Walker ordered the £530 porthole-style jumpsuit from Sunderland-based Concertbelts website.

But when the costume, made famous by the rock ’n’ roll legend during his 1972 tour, arrived Shaun was left with no choice but to “return to sender” after claiming:

- The measurements were wrong.

- The incorrect material was used.

- Seams in the arms and legs were twisted.

After getting no satisfaction from the company, Shaun and his partner Fiona Coyle took the matter to the small claims court.

Fiona had ordered the jumpsuit on June 27, 2010, paying £530 through Paypal for it.

When the couple received the first template of the outfit the following month, they were unhappy with the fit, the positioning of the legs and the material it had been made from.

Fiona, 32, said: “We normally order suits from America, which takes around 12 weeks, but they told us they could do it in six to eight weeks, so we ordered with them.”

The couple returned the suit with their complaints but they say another ill-fitting template was then sent out – and returned.

After numerous communications with Tricia Bell, from Concertbelts, the suit arrived in November 2010. But, again, they claim it was not up to scratch.

“The fit was wrong, the suit was covered in pencil marks and had been made out of the wrong material and the firm would not issue a refund, answer emails or communicate in any way,” Fiona claimed.

Shaun, 42, and Fiona decided to take the matter to small claims court and began proceedings against Mrs Bell, from Washington.

Fiona said: “It’s taken a year to get to the court stage. It’s been awful. I’ve gone to the court case and I still don’t have the suit or the money.”

The case was heard in Gateshead County Court on December 22 and Mrs Bell was ordered to pay Fiona £987, including court’s fees and witness expenses by January 27, 2012.

But Fiona is yet to receive the money.

“It made me irate,” said Fiona. I’m just disappointed.”

If the money is not paid, Fiona plans to call in the court’s bailiffs to reclaim the money at extra expense.

Meanwhile, King imersonator Shaun has been left stressed out by the whole experience.

Fiona said: “The suit was supposed to be for a show he needed to do last year and when he didn’t have it, he was really stressed.”

“I’ve done everything by the law but I haven’t been repaid.”

The Echo contacted Mrs Bell but she did not want to comment.

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