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Army motorbike display to ride one last time at Preston Military Show

Posted on - 13th September, 2017 - 7:47am | Author - | Posted in - Events, Fulwood, Garrison, Kid's stuff, News, Things To Do
The White Helmets performing one of their tricks
The White Helmets performing one of their tricks

Army riders are to perform for a final time in Preston this weekend.

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The White Helmets have spent 90 years putting on their thrilling displays at military shows.

Preston Military Show is welcoming back the Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team.

However, the group is being disbanded as it’s no longer a skill needed in the high-tech world of modern warfare.

One of those performing will be Lance Corporal Dayne Ryan from Skelmersdale, Lancashire.

Corporal Ryan
Corporal Ryan

He said: “I used to work as a call handler for a bank but it got a bit tedious and I felt I needed a change. I went into the Army careers office, had a chat to someone and joined The Royal Signals.

“It’s been fantastic and unlike any other role in the Army – we perform all over the country, meet lots of members of the public and ride in arenas filled with thousands of people

“Before this part of my career I’d never really been interested in motorcycles or motorsport, it was just something I wanted to test myself at. It’s been a real honour to be part of the White Helmets and its very special to be doing our last public show in Preston.

“I’ve got friends and family coming to the Preston Military Show. I’m a proud Lancastrian so it means a lot to me that we are doing this last show in my home county. It will be an emotional day for all of us.”

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All those who currently work within the motorcycle team are being put back into their Field Army roles by the close of the performance season.

A spokesman said: “The Royal Signals has come a very long way since those formative days using motorbikes to carry messages across the battlefield. In this digital age, the Corps uses cutting edge communications technology to carry out its vital work, including in Cyber capabilities, with highly trained personnel at the helm operating it.”

The Preston Military Show takes place at Fulwood Barracks on Saturday (16 September) from 11.30am. It’s free to attend.

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