Flu-men-co! Ballroom dancer and Mr Gay World backs NEAS flu campaign
South Shield's champ urges public to get their jab
Strictly necessary! Dance studio owner and newly crowned Mr Gay
UK and Mr Gay World Stuart Hatton is urging everyone to
have their flu jab this year - and avoid getting a Saturday
Stuart, from South Shields, is the first person from the UK to
win the global title, taking the honour in this year's contest
staged in Rome - which had a world-wide audience of millions.
He's also backing this year's campaign by the North East
Ambulance Service aimed at encouraging people to get
The model and fitness fan needs to keep in tip-top shape for a
living, and as someone who suffers from asthma, knows how important
having the injection is.
Stuart said: "I've always been asthmatic, so getting a flu jab
is something that I do every year. It's just part of my routine.
I've seen people who have had flu, and know how serious it can
"It's important for my work that I stay fit and healthy, and
because I have a busy dance studio I come into contact with a lot
of people - so I make sure that I have been vaccinated. For my
good, and also everyone I meet during the winter.
"I would encourage anyone who deals with a lot of people on a
daily basis to do the same."
The North East Ambulance Service runs flu clinics for frontline
staff around the region - and Stuart believes it's a great example
for other organisations and industries.
Stuart said: "I'm delighted to have been asked by the North East
Ambulance Service to promote their campaign. It's been a great year
for me winning the titles, and I hope I can be a good
ambassador for the North East."
Stuart was invited to take part in Mr Gay World against 32
different countries in Rome after winning Mr Gay UK. The contest
isn't just based on looks - but also involves mental tests, such as
job interviews and handling the media.
Stuart said: "Holding the titles has changed my life in some
ways. Last Wednesday I was at the House of Commons with Ed
Milliband and Ed Balls, which was good, and I also get asked to do
modelling for magazines. On top of that I'm always busy running the
dance studio. Dancing always comes first with me though - but it's
nice to have a bit of variety."