White Helmets wow crowds with jaw-dropping stunts as they launch final tour

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The famous White Helmets – the Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team – put on a show of jaw-dropping stunts in their final tour before disbanding.

Thousands of people cheered the soldiers on Friday as they climbed aboard their classic 750cc Triumph Tiger bikes for their familiar display of jumps, acrobatics and high speed riding at the Chatsworth Country Show.

Their appearances over the weekend are the start of a final month of displays which will end on September 27 with a special farewell parade through Blandford Forum, which is close to their Dorset base.

The decision was made earlier this year to disband the White Helmets as the Royal Signals promotes its 21st century role at the cutting edge of digital technology and cyber warfare.

Stunt: A member of the White Helmets, the Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team (PA)

The unit was formed in 1927 to showcase the skills used to carry messages in combat. The team, who always perform in full Royal Signals uniform, first used horses but these gave way to motorcycles in 1937, although many of the tricks they still perform are related to horseback stunts. They adopted the White Helmets title in 1963.

Show: The toop have begun their final month of shows before they are disbanded (PA)

An Army spokesman said: “The Royal Corps of Signals have come far since using motorbikes to carry messages across the battlefield, and are now highly trained ‘Leaders in a Digital Age’ with expertise in cyber operations. 2017 will be the last season for the iconic White Helmets Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team.”


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