Elvis fans welcome baby girl as The King watches over them

A couple had a very unusual companion for the birth of their baby daughter – a life-sized cut-out of Elvis Presley.

Louise Griffin and her partner Robbie Ross bonded and fell in love over their mutual appreciation of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

So it seemed natural that their idol should be looking over them when the time came for the birth of their first child at Liverpool Women's Hospital.

Louise had spent much of her childhood in Florida before returning to her roots in Merseyside, while Robbie played guitar in Liverpool rock band The Black Velvets.

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They met at the Cavern Club in Mathew Street, where Louise was working at the bar.

Louise, 37, said: "The life-sized Elvis was such a talking point. It was a long and difficult labour – 42 hours – and every single midwife who came in wanted to have their picture taken with him (Elvis).

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"Robbie and I fell in love over Elvis while I was working at the Cavern. I'd grown up in America and Robbie was a musician who'd listened to The Beatles and Elvis.

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"The life-sized cut-out was a Christmas present from Robbie's mum. He would come out for every birthday and every Christmas, so it seemed natural that he should also be there for the birth of our daughter Layla.

She added: "Our favourite song is Can't Help Falling in Love and that was what was playing when she was born."

The couple, who live in Bebington, Wirral, paid tribute to the NHS staff and midwives who looked after them ahead of Layla's first birthday this Wednesday (August 26).

"They did such a fantastic job and we can't thank them enough," said Louise.