Club friends back Talent duo to win

Sarah Lott, with Pudsey's daughter Crumpet
Sarah Lott, with Pudsey's daughter Crumpet

Ashleigh Butler’s friends from the Wellingborough Dog Training Club are all rooting for the teenager to win the final of Britain’s Got Talent.

Members of the club met yesterday to send 17-year-old Ashleigh and Pudsey a good luck message for Saturday night’s final show.

The duo from Wellingborough are hot favourites to win the popular show after winning their semi-final and receiving praise from judge supremo Simon Cowell.

Ashleigh’s sister Tayla Butler, 14, who is a member of the club, said: “I am very excited and really proud of Ashleigh. It has been really hectic since Sunday, but it has been worth it. She has been working really hard and I can’t wait to see her final routine. She’s been keeping it really secret so I can’t wait to see it.”

Other club members were also keen to wish Ashleigh well, including Tina Shiraishi, who has known Ashleigh since she was a baby. She said: “We are all so proud of her. The relationship between her and Pudsey is really special.”

Jade Borrow, 20, said: “I have known Ashleigh for about four years. It has been really exciting watching her on the show. She has worked so hard and she deserves everything good that is coming to her. I am looking forward to the final.”

Sarah Lott, 33, of Irthlingborough, said: “I have attended some of Ashleigh’s lessons with the Wellingorough Dog Training Club and she managed to train my dog Kiki to jump over my back, which I was thrilled with. I am going to watch the final and I want to wish her the best of luck – she’s done so well.”

Alison Smith, who has known Ashleigh and her family for about five years, said: “I think they are wonderful – Pudsey is a little star. I can’t wait to see what they do in the final.” Tina Wakefield said: “I think what Ashleigh has achieved at such a young age is fantastic.”

Angela Minney added: “I’m looking forward to the final – bring it on. I can’t wait to see what she does in her final routine. Whatever she does is going to be out of this world.”

Janet Millington’s four-year-old dog Dillon is Pudsey’s son. She said: “What Ashleigh has done is absolutely brilliant. She has put so many hours’ work in and she deserves to win.”

Alison Gayton, who was at the semi-finals with Ashleigh and her family, said: “She works really hard – it’s her mum as well, both of them do a lot of work. I think their routine for the final night is going to be better than the one she did for the semi-final.”