Diamond year for Ruffs

Award winners Ruff Diamond.

Award winners Ruff Diamond.

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AN ELATED Hartlepool dance crew will perform in front of 50,000 people at a massive gig.

Ruff Diamond have joined the likes of JLS and The Wanted on line-up for the North East Live event at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

“It’s massive news,” said Mark Watson, who acts as a liaison for the dance crew between Ruff Diamond and their manager.

North East Live will also feature Rita Ora, Little Mix, Lawson, Conor Maynard, Stooshe, Union J, Amelia Lily, James Arthur, and The Vamps on the bill on June 22.

Mark added: “The lads are elated. They are all from the North-East and now they are going to showcase themselves in front of the region.”

The hip-hop kings have been signed up Beautiful Movements, the company led by former Pussycat Doll and Sky One’s Got to Dance judge, Kimberly Wyatt.

Mark added: “The boys had North East Live on their wish list of events to do. I got a call from Kimberly at 8pm on Thursday saying she had secured it for them. This is huge.”

Appointments are pouring in for Pride of Hartlepool Award winners Ruff Diamond, fresh from their top-class TV performance.

The guys are to support JLS and Olly Murs at the famous Royal Albert Hall, in London, on the bill for the Ray of Sunshine children’s charity event.

The crew performed at a BBC dinner in Sutton Coldfield on Friday night and were due to film this weekend for the BBC Aidan’s Download dance page.

During the summer the Diamonds are;

l Performing as the headline act at a university summer ball at Mount Oswald Golf Club, in Durham City.

l Heading to Greece to perform at a private function.

l Performing at a corporate event in Windsor.

l And three members of the dance crew are appearing on an episode of the hit series George Gently, in an episode featuring Pixie Lott.

Further into the year, the Diamonds will be dancing at a Children in Need event.

Ruff Diamond are made up of Zac Healey, 21, Jason Lund, 19, Aaron Staunch, 19. Ryan Wilson, 18, Ryan Llewellyn and Lewis Cope, both 17.