‘Frostbit boy’ puts weight loss down to regular country jiving

Before and after pictures of Ruari

Before and after pictures of Ruari

A young Ulsterman who found a measure of fame thanks to his thick accent has put his successful weight loss down to regular country music dancing.

Ruairi McSorley, from Park in Co Londonderry, said that jiving had helped him lose his “field of chins”.

Ruairi McSorley, pictured at the time of his UTV appearance

Ruairi McSorley, pictured at the time of his UTV appearance

Making the comparison with before and after photos, Ruairi said the transformation was down to “10 minutes hucklebucking in the morning, 10 minutes in the evening, and wetting a bag o’ shirts at the weekend”.

The young man had come to media attention in January 2015, then aged 18, after he appeared in a UTV broadcast about the heavy snowfall at the time.

One of the turns of phrase he used – “you wouldn’t be long getting frostbit”, spoken in a heavy country accent – became a widely-shared comic clip on the internet.

He has now visibly lost weight, but said it involved “no healthy eating or nothing”.

He was quoted by the Mid Ulster Mail as saying: “The whole country, culchie and townie, has been saying: ‘Forget the gym, we’re going jiving the night now they see how Mr Frosty’s melted away’.”

It was down to “just jiving and line dancing”.

“If nothing else I’ve put me tuppence-worth into the culchie revolution,” he added.