Benjamin Franklin said that nothing in this world was certain except death and taxes - but he clearly made a grave mistake in forgetting to include 'annual Elvis impersonator conventions'.

And it was the city of Birmingham's turn to be all shook up at the weekend, when it hosted the European Elvis Championships - a competition which is, according to its website, "often copied, but never equalled". Not unlike the great man himself, of course.

And in a sure sign that we're getting old, those Elvis impersonators really are looking younger every year...

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From tiny hound dogs (hound puppies?) to great big hunks (o' love), check out some of the contestants and more in our slideshow of pictures from the championships...

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  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    John Paul Melling aged 6 alias Johnny B Goode from Billinge, waits to perform during the under-14 European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, Birmingham.

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    Elvis tribute artist Pat Bryne poses for pictures as he waits to perform during the European Elvis Championships in Birmingham, central England, on January 6, 2013. The championship brings Elvis fans and tribute artists from around the world to celebrate the King of Rock and Roll around his birthday on January 8. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    Elvis tribute artists Carl Ryder (left) from Birmingham and Steve Storm from Manchester pose as they wait to perform during the final of the European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, Birmingham.

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    Elvis tribute artist Micky Vegas poses for pictures as he waits to perform during the European Elvis Championships in Birmingham, central England, on January 6, 2013. The championship brings Elvis fans and tribute artists from around the world to celebrate the King of Rock and Roll around his birthday on January 8. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    Elvis tribute singer Ben Thompson performs during the European Elvis Championships in Birmingham, central England, on January 6, 2013. The championship brings Elvis fans and tribute artists from around the world to celebrate the King of Rock and Roll around his birthday on January 8. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    Andrejus Rascinski, aged nine, from Birmingham, waits to perform during the under-14 European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, Birmingham.

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    (Left - right) Elvis tribute artists Patrick Byrne from Essex, Nicky Vegas from Hinckley and Andy Wood from Leeds pose as they wait to perform during the final of the European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, Birmingham.

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    Elvis tribute artist Carl Ryder from Birmingham performs during the final of the European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, Birmingham.

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    Elvis tribute artists Patrick Byrne from Essex looks at his reflection in a mirror before performing during the final of the European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, Birmingham.

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    Elvis tribute artists Carl Ryder from Birmingham and Steve Storm (right) from Manchester make final adjustments to their costumes in front of a mirror as they wait to perform during the final of the European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, Birmingham.

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    Nicky Vegas from Hinckley on his way to perform during the final of the European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, Birmingham.

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    Elvis tribute artist Pat Bryne poses for pictures as he waits to perform during the European Elvis Championships in Birmingham, central England, on January 6, 2013. The championship brings Elvis fans and tribute artists from around the world to celebrate the King of Rock and Roll around his birthday on January 8. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    Andrejus Rascinski, aged nine, from Birmingham, waits to perform during the under-14 European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, Birmingham.

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    (Left - right) Elvis tribute artists Patrick Byrne from Essex, Nicky Vegas from Hinckley and Andy Wood from Leeds pose as they wait to perform during the final of the European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, Birmingham.

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    Elvis tribute artist Fisher Stevens performs during the final of the European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, Birmingham.

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    A memorabilia stall at the European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, Birmingham.

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    A memorabilia stall at the European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, Birmingham.

  • European Elvis Championships - Birmingham

    A memorabilia stall at the European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, Birmingham.