Fans of the White Helmets will no longer be able to see the world's premier motorcycle display team known for immaculate uniforms and spectacular feats of balance, death defying crossover rides and outstanding acrobatics.
The White Helmets bade an emotional farewell to their hometown of Blandford as they neared their final disbanding in their 90th year. BFBS Blandford filmed a Facebook Live of their final hour long performance which you can watch below.
The motorcycle riders, famous as one of the leading stunt riding teams in the world, rode through the town on their 750cc Triumph Tigers and were greeted by the Mayor of Blandford and civic dignitaries, together with hundreds of residents and school children all waving White Helmets flags.
Watch as the White Helmets ride through Blandford for the last time.
The Officer Commanding, Captain John McLelland, then formally sought permission to leave the town from the Mayor, which was granted, and the riders departed, but returned without their bikes for a reception in the Corn Exchange which formed part of the Mayor's annual Civic Day.
During the reception, each of the riders was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from Blandford Town Council, and Captain McLelland presented the town with its own White Helmet.
On Saturday Hawke Square, Blandford Camp’s parade ground was the venue to the Team’s final performance.
All 23 riders wore the full dress uniform of the Royal Signals and thrilled those gathered with their trademark show of high speed crossovers, breath taking jumps and reverse rides.
WATCH BFBS Blandford’s Facebook Live of the event below. The action starts 24 minutes in.
The fire jump and five bike fan are just two of the stunts that show the individual and team courage of the White Helmets and were particularly appreciated by the hundreds of well-wishers and sponsors assembled to witness the end of an era.
Just before the team started their final performance they wanted to share some words with their fans so took to the White Helmets Facebook page.
“Thank you all again for all the love and support you've given us, we appreciate everything you've done for us. Now it's time for us to do what we do best and ensure we go out with the same pride and professionalism of everyone before us.”
Team Sergeant Sgt Mike Arnold lead the closing ride with the traditional military salute and engine rev, followed by the finale – wheelies – with the show brought to an end by Corporal Cooper who is the Chief Mechanic and most experienced rider completing an extra difficult sit down wheelie to a standing ovation and incredible warmth from the crowd.
People shared their fond memories of watching The White Helmets on Facebook