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Joe Camilleri the 2020 inductee on Elvis Wall of Fame

Joe Camilleri is A-OK - that's the hand signal a fan gave the Australian-Maltese singer-songwriter and musician while performing on Wednesday afternoon.

Joe is this year's Elvis Wall of Fame inductee at the Parkes Elvis Festival.

The leader of two of Australia's most successful bands, Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons and The Black Sorrows, arrived for the ceremony at Bushmans Dam in style in a heritage car to a round of applause.

And the first thing he did was walk around to greet his seated fans.

Joe sang a song before unveiling his plaque, hanging on the wall alongside so many of his fellow, talented entertainers, who he said was a big honour to join. He also took time to talk to fans, pose for photos and sign autographs.

Before the unveiling, one local name was honoured on a second plaque especially dedicated to the memory of past volunteers of the festival.

A late member of the Elvis Revival Incorporated (ERI) Committee and the Parkes Antique Motor Club (PAMC), Alan Payne passed away last year and was honoured at the ceremony on Wednesday.

Alan was the coordinator of the Parkes Elvis Festival street parade - the biggest event of the festival - and had been for decades.

It was what earned him, among other duties, a Parkes Shire Citizen of the Year Award in 2013.

"It's a huge job, he done that for many years and he done a fantastic job," Parkes Councillor Ken McGrath said at the ceremony.

"There were a lot of cars, a lot of things that Alan had to organise - it probably took him all year to do it.

"He was always there, always available and it's a big pleasure for the Parkes Elvis Festival committee and ERI to be able to honour Alan, put him on the wall with the many people who have really made this festival go ahead.

"If it wasn't for these people there would be no festival."

Alan was also the one who persuaded the PAMC to initiate the first "Cars of the Elvis Era" show as part of the 2008 Elvis Festival, when the cars were displayed in Caledonia Street.

His objective was to fill Short Street in Parkes with the best examples of the most stylish American vehicles of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Some participants in that first show are still bringing their cars to Parkes for the Elvis Festival today.

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