THERE must be something in the water fountains at Gable Hall school...

It’s becoming something of a production line for Thurrock talent in recent years.

Latest success story is that of Ruth Olajugbagbe, known as Ruti to her friends, family - and now army of fans.

Ruti managed to sensationally win the hit ITV show The Voice on Saturday night. And yes, the 18-year-old, who lives in Stanford-le-Hope, attends the Stanford and Corringham Ortu Sixth Form Centre. She follows in the footsteps of X-Factor winner Louisa Johnson, Diversity star Perri Kiely and McFly bassist Dougie Poynter to name but a few.

What do they feed them at lunch at this school?!

Sue Weston, director at the sixth form, summed Ruti up as something special, “having that rare combination of intellect, talent and humility.”

High, and appropriate, praise indeed. In an age of reality TV saturation, it’s great that those coming through the ranks at Gable Hall have genuine talent.

If you don’t believe Ruti does, then just ask Sir Tom Jones her mentor on the show. He knows a thing or two about singing and he clearly thought so...and he was proven right.

It’s clear Ruti has raw talent, anyone listening to her sing will hear that. And I’m sure I’m not the only person wishing her the best of luck as she attempts to make her name in the music industry.