Ruff Diamond set to perform with JLS, Olly Murs, The Beach Boys and The Saturdays

Ruff Diamond pictured in the new sensory room at Catcote School.

Ruff Diamond pictured in the new sensory room at Catcote School.

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HARTLEPOOL’S hip-hop heroes Ruff Diamond showed off their awesome moves when they visited a secondary school – days before they perform at two huge gigs in the capital this weekend.

Despite the crew’s hectic schedule and non-stop practice routines, they took time out to open new facilities and perform at Catcote School Business and Enterprise College on Wednesday.

Zak Healey officially opens the new gallery with Catcote School student Connor Gallighan and Ruff Diamond members.

Zak Healey officially opens the new gallery with Catcote School student Connor Gallighan and Ruff Diamond members.

And today they were putting the finishing touches to their well-honed moves ahead of two of their biggest gigs to date, performing alongside the likes of JLS, Olly Murs and The Saturdays.

A packed weekend for the lads starts tonight when they perform at a corporate gig before a set at the world-famous Royal Albert Hall tomorrow.

The crew will join JLS, Olly Murs, Kimberley Walsh and fellow dance crew Flawless on stage at the Ray of Sunshine awards to an audience of more than 2,000 seriously ill children who have received free tickets from the charity which supports youngsters who are living with terminal or life-limiting illnesses.

And just hours after, Ruff Diamond perform at the venue in the capital they will make the short trip to Hyde Park for the British Summertime Festival on Sunday.

There, once again they will join a line-up of illustrious names such as The Beach Boys, The Saturdays and JLS again.

Mark Watson, who acts as a liaison between the crew and their manager, said the events are undoubtedly the biggest gigs Ruff Diamond have performed at since they stormed their way to the final of Sky 1’s Got to Dance.

Since then the crew, made up of Zac Healey, 22, Aaron Staunch and Jason Lund, both 19, Ryan Wilson, Ryan Llewellyn and Lewis Cope, all 18, have performed at a number of massive events and signed for Beautiful Movements, the company led by former Pussycat Doll and Sky One’s Got to Dance judge, Kimberly Wyatt. Mark said: “The lads can’t wait for this weekend.

“They are on the line-up with some huge stars at the Royal Albert Hall and then Hyde Park so it’s going to be fantastic exposure for them.”

Meanwhile, Mark said the lads thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Catcote School Business and Enterprise College.

The crew went along to the school, in Catcote Road, for the unveiling of a new state-of-the-art gallery and a multi-sensory interactive classroom.

Mark said: “It was a lovely morning.

“The lads are very grounded and they know they have a lot of fans in the town who have been watching and supporting them for a long time.

“If they can support anybody in the town they will and they had a really nice morning at the school, they were grateful for the invitation.”