‘Amazing’ gigs for Hartlepool’s Ruff Diamond with the Beach Boys, JLS, Olly Murs and The Saturdays

Ruff Diamond on stage at the Royal Albert Hall
Ruff Diamond on stage at the Royal Albert Hall

THE Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, the Beach Boys and JLS - just some of the highlights of a heavy schedule for Ruff Diamond.

The town’s hip hop heroes performed alongside a star-studded line-up at two gigs in the capital and loved every single minute of it.

The crew helped to put a smile on the faces of thousands of adorable and brave terminally ill children when they took to the stage at the famous Royal Albert Hall for the Ray of Sunshine Awards.

The Hartlepool lads who shot to fame after making the final of this year’s Got to Dance show on Sky1 shared the stage with Olly Murs, The Saturdays, JLS and fellow dance crew Flawless.

And just hours after the show and still on a high the lads were back on stage, this time at Hyde Park, to perform for more than 3,000 screaming fans at the Summer Time festival with a stellar line up featuring The Beach Boys and Paul Young.

Mark Watson, who acts as a liaison between the crew and their manager, former Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt, said: “Both of the events were absolutely amazing but the highlight was definitely performing at The Royal Albert Hall for such a worthy cause.”

Thousands of children packed into the famous venue on Saturday for the show and after Ruff Diamond’s performance the lads left the stage and were mobbed by adoring fans.

The lads spent more than an hour chatting to the children, many who are terminally ill, and signing autographs.

Thousands of fans enjoyed a day in the sunshine at Hyde Park on Sunday where Ruff Diamond again got the chance to show off their moves on the big stage.

Mark added: “The lads went down fantastically well at Hyde Park.

“There was more than 3,000 people there and their fans were screaming their names.

“After the performance the crew spent hours having photos taken and signing autographs.”

But the packed weekend was not finished there for the crew, made up of Zac Healey, 22, Aaron Staunch and Jason Lund, both 19, Ryan Wilson, Ryan Llewellyn and Lewis Cope, all 18.

Later in the day the lads then got asked to perform in the VIP tent for special guests and choreographer Zac had interviews to do alongside the crew’s manager, Kimberley.

“It’s not a weekend they will forget in a hurry,” added Mark.

“It was brilliant exposure for them at two huge fantastic events.”