World famous motorcyclists as young as five years old will entertain the crowds in the main ring at this year’s Staffordshire County Show, organisers said today.
The Imps motorcycle display team will be thrilling more than 70,000 people during the two day event on June 1st and 2nd.
The family show to be held at Staffordshire County Showground on Weston Road in Stafford will see The Imps perform in the main ring twice each day.
The Imps, known for their smart red tunics and their spectacular show, will perform at 1pm and 4.30pm on June 1st and 1pm and 3.30pm on the second day of the show.
Richard Williams, chief executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, said:
“The Imps are truly amazing – the riders are talented and extremely entertaining. It is very hard to believe some of the riders are just five years old.
“We have had them perform at our show in previous years which proved very popular so they are certainly back by popular demand.”
The crowds – expected to top 70,000 over the two days – will witness the sound of revving engines, billowing fire jumps and multiple motorcycle combination crossover routines. The Imps were founded in the 1970s by Roy Pratt MBE who set up a charity that provided holidays in the country for underprivileged young people.
Some of the children found a dysfunctional old ‘motorbike’ – one thing led to another and a motorcycle display team, uniquely comprising young people aged six to 16, emerged.More than 40 years later they perform in front of millions of people at shows around the world and on prime time television.
Bosses at this year’s show are hoping for a repeat of last year’s sunshine which saw the two day show become a record breaking event in the 200 year history of the show with 70,000 enjoying the show.
The show has once again secured sponsorship from South Staffordshire College which has expanded its Animal Zone for this year’s event.
Mr Williams added:
“We of course want sunshine every year and two days of it would be rather brilliant but whatever the weather there’s still plenty to do and fun to be had. If the sun is shining the outdoor picnic area is beautiful but the indoor one is perfect if it’s a little damp under foot.
The Woodfest area and country pursuits area is a hive of activity by people of all ages and of course the main ring offers non-stop entertainment.
Whilst areas such as the food hall and the cookery theatre hosted in conjunction with the Staffordshire Chef’s Forum is set to return and attract the crowds once again.
This is definitely a show not to be missed and a must for all families during the half term school holidays – we had many people return for the second day last year as they had enjoyed the first so much and had not got to see everything as there was so much to see and do.”
Advance tickets go on sale on April 1st from the showground office or through the website
http://www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk/staffordshire-county-show/ticket-information/ and from all other outlets from May 1st.
Organisers advised people to buy their tickets in advance to avoid queues on the day following the record breaking crowds last year.
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