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X Factor’s Rough Copy lads surprise Hackney youngsters

PUBLISHED: 08:25 18 December 2013 | UPDATED: 08:25 18 December 2013

Eliza Mulrady-Carroll, Isobel Gray, Lauren Foster and Olive Simms with Rough Copy band member at Jubilee Primary School

Eliza Mulrady-Carroll, Isobel Gray, Lauren Foster and Olive Simms with Rough Copy band member at Jubilee Primary School

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X Factor boy band Rough Copy made a surprise visit to a Stoke Newington primary school last week as they gave the youngsters tips as they prepared for their Christmas Carol concerts.

Rough Copy from the X Factor visit Jubilee Primary SchoolRough Copy from the X Factor visit Jubilee Primary School

The boy band made up of Sterling Ramsey, Joey Thomas and Kazeem Ajobe, finished fourth in the ITV1 singing competition this year, narrowly missing a place in the final.

The youngsters at Jubilee School in Filey Avenue were practicing for their Christmas show when the three lads walked in.

The school’s business manager Kerry Joseph said: “The headteacher had been listening to them rehearsing, she stopped them and said, “You’re doing really well but I think you could do with a bit more help from someone so I’ve organised for some really good singers to come in and help you.

“The children were so shocked and surprised, it was the desired reaction, I didn’t know who all these boys were but all the kids did.”

The children sang to Rough Copy and then the boys spent a lot of time signing pictures for all of them.

Ms Joseph said: “They wanted to really engage with every child, it was really sweet of them, it was commendable they could have just come in and gone quickly.”

Kazeem Ajobe said it was lovely to see the excitement on the little children’s faces.

“You just never thought you could have that impact on them,” he said.

“It beings back a lot of memories, you know we were young once.”

The visit was filmed for ITV’s morning programme Daybreak as a series which sees celebrities surprising children at primary schools.


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