Ruff Diamond fever sweeps Hartlepool

Pictured are Ords copytec specialists Daniel Drinkwater, left, and Lee Kennedy, right, with Angela Pearson, centre.'Photographs by Kane Young Photography
Pictured are Ords copytec specialists Daniel Drinkwater, left, and Lee Kennedy, right, with Angela Pearson, centre.'Photographs by Kane Young Photography

RUFF Diamond fever is sweeping Hartlepool.

Shops, businesses and families are coming forward in ever-increasing numbers to back the boys as they bid to win a national dance title.

Rough Diamond: Closckwise, from bottom: Jason Lund, Aaron Staunch, Lewis Cope, Ryan Llewellyn, Ryan Wilson, Zac Healey.

Rough Diamond: Closckwise, from bottom: Jason Lund, Aaron Staunch, Lewis Cope, Ryan Llewellyn, Ryan Wilson, Zac Healey.

And online, the crew’s Twitter address has seen follower numbers soar. At the start of the week, Ruff Diamond had 2,700 followers but they have now hit the 3,000 mark.

Meanwhile, Val Armstrong, the mum of dance crew choreographer Zac Healey, said: “It is all a bit manic and it is unbelievable. I still don’t think we have come back down to earth since the semi-finals.”

Television, radio stations and other media have inundated the crew with requests for interviews.

In town, shops are planning to put up bunting to show their support and businesses are putting out fliers to urge people to vote for Ruff Diamond on Sunday.

Val said: “The support from everyone in Hartlepool is already amazing and we need it to continue.”

She said Iceland and McDonald’s had given support while Ords Printers, in Avenue Road, was producing flyers, posters, banners and even rubber stamps to urge people to back the crew.

Ords shop manager Angela Pearson said: “It’s brilliant for the town. It highlights the talent that these boys have and we are doing all we can to back them.”

Zac’s stepfather Mark Watson, 35, said: “Everyone is nervous and anxious and everyone is just hoping it all goes well.”

Mark, 35, who works as a police officer, said colleagues were giving him texts and messages of support with lots of people telling him they will be voting for Ruff Diamond in Sunday’s final.

The six members of Ruff Diamond spent yesterday in rehearsals in Hartlepool.

Then it was back down to London for the final few days of tweaking their new routine before performing live at Kensington Olympia in front of 6,000 people on Sunday.

Val added: “Zac is itching to get the piece for the final absolutely perfect.”

If the boys do produce a top-class routine, and then get the votes they need from the public, they will pick up the grand prize of £250,000.

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HOW TO SUPPORT THE CREW

Got To Dance is on Sky 1 and Sky 1HD live on Sunday at 6pm.

Viewers need to watch the show make a note of the number to call to vote for Ruff Diamond, or vote online at the Got To Dance website.