Ray Quinn swings into Montrose

Ray Quinn at Montrose Town Hall
Ray Quinn at Montrose Town Hall

Ray Quinn swung into Montrose at the weekend with his show and performed to a crowd of around 300 at the Town Hall.

The ‘X Factor’ and ‘Dancing On Ice’ star became the latest big name to perform in the burgh with his band on Saturday night.

Charlie Campbell, of North East Sports and Musical Promotions, who organised the gig, said: “Warm up duties fell to Fife-based Blue Delta who did a terrific job of warming the crowd up for Ray’s first appearance in the north east.

“Ray’s set, which included classic hits and songs from his latest album, was warmly received by the eager crowd.

“Such is the charm of the man, he spent nearly a hour after the show meeting and posing for pictures with the fans who wanted to meet him.

“Ray was so impressed with the welcome he received that he stayed over Sunday night as well as Saturday and only went south on Monday.”

Ray is most famously known as the runner-up to Leona Lewis in the third series of ‘X Factor’ in 2006.

Though his first TV appearance was in the popular Liverpool-based soap Brookside in 1999 when at the age of 10 he arrived on the scene as the youngest member of the Murray family, Anthony Murray.

His debut album ‘Doing It My Way’ went straight to number in one in the UK charts when it was released it 2007. It also went platinum in its first week.

In 2009, he won the fourth season of ITV’s ‘Dancing on Ice’ when he was paired with professional ice skater Maria Filippov. Last year, several finalists from all eight series of ‘Dancing on Ice’, including Ray, entered the ninth and final series called ‘All-Stars’. Ray and Maria went on to win the show.

Earlier this year he was also crowned winner of ITV’s celebrity talent show ‘Get Your Act Together’ where famous faces teamed up with some of the world’s most talented variety acts to put on a unique performance.

Ray is currently recording his new album.