Diary: Hey Jude - It's Now or Never for twin towns

Fifty years since Elvis Presley cut his first record, the home of the king is to be twinned with the home of Lennon and McCartney as Memphis rushes to embrace Merseyside.

The year-long cultural exchange provides an opportunity for these titans of international music to get it together. The arrangement could also see Liverpudlian kids shipped off to Memphis to learn the local customs and presumably the qualities of a decent burger.

Diary wonders whether any Memphis youngsters will reinvigorate the city's anthem You'll Never Walk Alone with a little Elvis-style blues? Presumably at the end of the year, Memphis will retreat back across the Atlantic and never speak to Merseyside again, in true celebrity sibling-style.

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