We are backing the Ruff boys!

DIAMOND GIRLS: From left, Gemma Cope, Claire Wearing, Caroline Magee and Dee Cope
DIAMOND GIRLS: From left, Gemma Cope, Claire Wearing, Caroline Magee and Dee Cope

COME on boys! A beauty studio has gone the extra mile to give their backing to dance crew Ruff Diamond.

And as support reaches a crescendo, every window at Copes Studios in Raby Road, has been covered in huge banners and posters to encourage everyone to vote for the boys.

Dee Cope – the mother of Ruff Diamond dancer Lewis Cope, 17 – owns the business and works as a beauty therapist.

She works with Lewis’s sisters Claire Wearing, a stylist, and Gemma Cope who works on piercings at the studios, while his aunt Caroline McGee also works as a beauty therapist.

Claire said: “Everyone is really nervous and excited, but we are determined to give them our support.

“My stomach has already started turning over, just like it did before the semi-finals last week.”

Other businesses were getting in on the act as well.

The Almighty Cod fish and chip shop at Seaton Carew has also put up numerous posters. Manager Michelle Lane said: “There are 22 of us working here and we are all supporting Ruff Diamond. We have put up posters and we are supporting them on Facebook.”

The clock is ticking towards Ruff Diamond’s moment in the spotlight. The six-strong crew will perform live in the finals of Got To Dance this Sunday from 6pm.

Each of the crew members has trained relentlessly ever since they made it through last Sunday’s live semi-finals and now comes the final test.

l See Page 6 for a Dance Fever special on Ruff Diamond and how you can support the boys.