World renowned White Helmets make a return to the Show!
The Newbury & District Agricultural Society are pleased to welcome back the White Helmets Motorcycle Display team to the Royal County of Berkshire Show this year.
They last appeared at the show in 2010 and always prove to be very popular with children and adults, with their high-speed motorcycling skills, stunt riding and acrobatics.
The Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team, also known as the White Helmets, is a group of 24 serving soldiers from the Royal Corps of Signals, many with recent operational experience. They have all successfully completed an arduous induction process in the Winter and Spring months, which gains them the right to wear the coveted ‘White Helmet’. Members normally serve 3 years with the team before returning to the Field Army.
The record-breaking team originated from the Royal Signals Despatch Riders, and although the first recorded display was in Maresfield Park, Sussex in 1921, the first team were officially formed in Ripon in 1927. The team performed displays of joint precision horsemanship and motorcycle riding until 1936 when the horse gave way completely to motorcycles, and in 1963 they adopted the world famous name ‘The White Helmets’.
They perform their thrilling and disciplined arena displays on Triumph 750cc Motorcycles, Kawasaki 250cc Motorcycles and Quads, and clearly show all the qualities of teamwork, courage, skill, trust, strength and agility that are needed in the modern Army, while maintaining the traditions of their origins. In their immaculate uniforms, the team perform spectacular feats of balance, death defying crossover rides and outstanding acrobatics.
Respected and consulted throughout the World, the Royal Signals White Helmets is a popular element of the Corps and makes a valuable contribution to keeping the Army in the public eye, showing off the Corps and indeed representing Britain at events throughout the World.
"Obviously myself and the guys of the team are looking forward to performing at the Royal Berkshire Show later this year. It's at the backend of our season so we've had plenty of time to really get this show ironed out so the crowds watching should be in for a really good show! We look forward to putting in a performance in a few weeks’ time!" L/Cpl Dayne Ryan.
The main arena promises to deliver thrill-seeking viewing for all the family this year. As well as the White Helmets, the Society welcomes the Pony Club Mounted Games, the Royal British Legion and Corps of Drums, the Scurry Driving Championship and we are also pleased to be showcasing the first leg of the 2017 British Show Jumping International Stairway Class. Sit back and enjoy watching the hot air balloons take off at the end of the day, weather permitting of course!
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