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A time to reflect as we approach Remembrance Sunday

Flanders FieldRemembrance Day is also known as Poppy Day.

It was first observed in 1919, however until 1945 it was called Armistice Day. Traditionally there is two minutes of silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month because that was the time (in Britain) when the armistice became effective in 1918.
Today, in the UK Remembrance Sunday is also observed on the Sunday nearest to November 11th. So, in the United Kingdom, two minutes' silence is observed on November 11 itself, and on the second Sunday of November. Remembrance Sunday, ceremonies are held at War Memorials, all over the UK and over the years it has become a day to commemorate not just the sacrifice of servicemen and women but the suffering of civilians in times of war.

Remembrance Sunday is commemorated by church services around the UK and a parade of ex-service personnel in London’s Whitehall. Wreaths of poppies are placed on war memorials from the Cenotaph, a war memorial in Whitehall, to the tiniest war memorials in villages all over Britain. Small wooden crosses are placed in Gardens of Remembrance as private acts of remembering individual losses and suffering and people pin poppies to their coat or jacket.

History states that it was the poem 'In Flanders Fields' written in 1915 by Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian Medical Officer, that captured the imagination of the British people in the dark days of trench warfare on the Western Front when so many young soldiers failed to return. Six months before the Armistice, McCrae was brought on a stretcher to a big hospital on the French coast and saw the cliffs of Dover from his room. He died that night and was buried in a cemetery above Wimereux. Before he died, he said to the doctor: "Tell them this . . . If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep." An American woman, Miss Moina Michael, wrote a moving poem in reply and bought 25 red poppies, wearing one herself as a way to keep faith with the war dead; a French woman, Madame Guerin, came up with the practical idea of making and selling artificial poppies to help ex-service men and their dependents in need.

Britain's first Poppy Day was held in 1921 and the money raised helped children in war-devastated areas. The Royal British Legion opened its own poppy factory in London in 1922 to give practical help in time of need to all who have served in the armed forces and their widows and dependents. The paper poppies that are worn today are made by ex-service personnel and are sold by representatives of the Royal British Legion, an organisation of ex-servicemen and women. Today, they make more than 35 million poppies and 65,000 wreaths for the annual poppy appeal. Poppies grew in great abundance in the shell-torn fields of Flanders during the War. Because of its abundance it became the symbol of remembrance of two world wars.

Next Meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

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The next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on :

Sunday 17rd  September at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.

Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.

If you can help to set up the track or take it down at the end it would be appreciated.
If anybody can marshal , see the girls at the signing on desk, sign the form and then well tell you what to do :-)

This event is being run by Gary Ward on his own (with approval from the ACU) as Bob, Mick, Stu & Tom & Ali are  all unavailable & he WILLL need help.

Next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

MBC

The next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on :

Sunday 3rd  September at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.

Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.

If you can help to set up the track or take it down at the end it would be appreciated.
If anybody can marshal , see the girls at the signing on desk, sign the form and then well tell you what to do :-)

Please check website / Facebook / Twitter if you have any doubt about the weather.
Any cancellation will be posted by 0915hrs.

Next Meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

MBC

The next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on :

Sunday 6th  August at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.

Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.

If you can help to set up the track or take it down at the end it would be appreciated.
If anybody can marshal , see the girls at the signing on desk, sign the form and then well tell you what to do :-)

Please check website / Facebook / Twitter if you have any doubt about the weather.
Any cancellation will be posted by 0915hrs.

What’s happening at BikeWise 2017 today (Sunday 23rd July)

What’s happening at BikeWise 2017 today (Sunday 23rd July) at the Police HQ at Aykley Heads, Durham.

Adults £2, children under 16 (Free) Further info at www.bikewise.org.uk

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Last chance to see the White Helmets (Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team)

White HelmetsThe Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team  will be appearing at BikeWise 2017  at Police HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham… TOMORROW (Sunday 23rd July)

This will be one of their last appearances as shortly after they confirmed their attendance at BikeWise 2017 it was announced the team will be disbanded after this summers performances. 

This will be a unique opportunity to see the White Helmets who have been acknowledged as the oldest, best known and most accomplished motorcycle display team in the country, if not the world. 

Formed in 1927, this season marks the 90th anniversary of the Team performing displays of motorcycling skills and whilst horses gave way to motorcycles in the display in 1937, many of the tricks they perform today are similar to those of the original riders. Based on their iconic helmets the Team adopted the world famous name ‘The White Helmets’ in 1963.  This coveted and prestigious item is an honour to wear and marks the riders out as one of the few able to perform such acts of skill.

The Team’s 23 riders on classic 750cc Triumph Tiger machines provide a fast paced, action packed display.  Wearing the full dress uniform of the Royal Signals along with their famous White Helmets the riders will perform a combination of high speed crossovers, spectacular jumps, skilful feats of balance as well as numerous reverse rides.

The Royal Signals has come a long way since those formative days using motorcycles to carry messages across the battlefield and are now modernising their image to show they truly are ‘Leaders in a Digital Age’.  Whilst this is the last year of entertaining and thrilling crowds with their dazzling arena displays, the Team’s excited to be performing one final season; demonstrating the teamwork, discipline and courage of the Royal Signals soldier.

Rain or shine the team will be performing so come along and cheer them on and see one one the final performances of this historic armed forces display team.

Entry to BikeWise 2017 is £2 for adults & children under 16 are free.

For further details of PARKING etc… please visit www.bikewise.org.uk

Parking arrangements for BikeWise 2017

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We have been receiving a few enquiries about parking arrangements for BikeWise 2017, so please read below and we’ll hopefully clarify the situation :


MOTORCYCLE PARKING – will be in the same place as previous events (All weather pitch at Police HQ)

DISABLED PARKING – This will be at the Rivergreen Centre at the bottom of Aykley Heads Drive(Police HQ)

(You will only be allowed to proceed to this area after speaking to BikeWise staff who will be on the main access road in the area near to the motorcycle parking)

CAR PARKING – We have two main area’s of car parking :


1 – County Hall  As in previous years the car parks at County Hall will be utilized – access to the show is then via a series of steps up to the Police HQ


2 – Sniperley Park & Ride Car Park

Vehicles can be parked in this car park & we are providing a FREE Park & Ride Bus service to and from Aykley Heads. The Park & Ride service will run regularly throughout the day and the journey should only take approx 5minutes. The bus will drop you off at Trinity School on the HQ drive and you will only have a short walk, without any steps, to the BikeWise show entrance

For more info about the show please visit : www.bikewise.org.uk and then click on the BikeWise 2017 icon

PD Kaizer is ready for BikeWise 2017

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PD Kaizer is all ‘revved up’ and ready for BIkeWise 2017 which is being held at the Police HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham on SUNDAY 23rd July 2017.

Show get under way at 10am and there is tons of free parking, including a free park & ride.

Loads of thing to see & do for all the family.


This will probably be 'Kaizer's farewell tour' as he is likely to retire next year, so it would be nice to make a fuss of him .. he has performed at BikeWise every year of his service (he'll be 7 this November)

If you want to meet Kaizer then you’d better look out for Batman & Robin (Pc Ian Squire) as he’ll have ditched his ‘bike gear’ by then.

The Paws Up (retired Police Dogs) guys will be there and hosting a ''Where's Bob' competition that is similar to the old 'Spot the Ball' game. Prizes will include the knitted Police Interceptors dolls that were donated and have been a big social media hit

Full details of the show & what's happening can be found by visiting the BikeWise website :

www.bikewise.org.uk

TT Legend John McGuinness will be at BikeWise 2017

JM Built For SpeedTT Legend John McGuinness will once again be at BikeWise 2017.
John, has 23 TT wins and is closing in on Joey Dunlops record of 26 wins, however this year he was not able to compete at the TT due to a leg injury received when the new Fireblade he was riding crashed at the North West 200 road races in Ireland. John still managed to get to the TT on crutches to watch the TT and  has then subsequently been in hospital for further operations, but, he (and his family) will be ‘trekking’ over to Durham from their family home in Morecambe to once again support the BikeWise event
John McGuinness has sponsorship links with local based Hitachi Construction Machinery Ltd (formerly HM Plant Ltd) & in particular CEO John Jones, who has maintained a close link with John for a number of years.
John has visited BikeWise many times and is a true motorcycle enthusiast as well as being a racing legend and it is a unique opportunity for you to meet one of the legends of motorcycling racing.

John’s new book John McGuinness – Built For Speed has recently been published and John should have copies for sale on the day which he no doubt will sign etc…
If you want to see what it's like to travel at an average of 132.701mph on a bike at the TT check out Johns video below : 





Itinerary for Sunday’s BikeWise 2017

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The Dick Shepherd Triumph Collection @ BikeWise 2017

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Hitachi Construction Machinery sponsor the Dick Shepherd Triumph Collection which will be at BikeWise 2017 at Police HQ, Aykley Heads.
Dick will be bringing a number of ‘classic’ Triumph’s with him for display at the show including a 1966 T120 TT Bonneville, used in the film "Mechanic Resurrection" Ridden by Jason Statham.
Also Number 7 bike is a 1958 Tiger 110, ridden by Mike Hailwood and Dan Shorey to victory in the 1958 Thruxton 500 mile production race.
To find out more about Dick Shepherd’s Triumph collection see the video below or call and talk to Dick & his crew at BikeWise 2017

Kimera to Rock BikeWise 2017

KImera 2 KimeraBikeWise welcomes back KIMERA for our 2017 show.
The band have been regular visitors to the show over the years and are a local rock band from the north east with over 10 years experience covering artists such as AC/DC, Alanis Morissette, Anastasia, Blondie, Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, Don Henley, Evanescence, Guns 'N' Roses, Journey, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Queen and many more...

If you want to see the band before BikeWise 2017 visit their website at : http://kimeraonline.com/home/4569132306 for gig dates

Follow the band via their Twitter feed at : https://twitter.com/KimeraBand
or on Facebook at : http://www.facebook.com/KimeraOnline

National Police Air Service at BikeWise 2017


Find out about the role of the helicopter from the National Police Air Service crew who will be bringing one of the Police helicopters to BikeWise 2017.
You’ll get the chance to view the helicopter from close up on the ground & remember to bring your camera along.
For more info on the NPAS please click here :http://www.npas.police.uk/
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3SIXTY Stunt Bike Team @ BikeWise 2017

DSC_0335Anyone who has ever ridden a mountain bike, or popped a wheelie on their BMX will love this!

For the most exciting tricks and gravity defying leaps don’t miss the amazing bicycle stunt team.


The 3SIXTY display riders tackle obstacles with precise, calculated and effortless leaps.


Riders never appear out of control and actually deliver the show commentary through helmet microphones whilst riding.


Safety is important. These skills are achieved through hundreds of hours of dedicated and safe practice, a message reinforced throughout each 3SIXTY display.
3SIXTY riders are role models making cycle safety and helmet wear ‘cool’.
Founding member of 3SIXTY Ian Drummond has been a regular visitor to BikeWise over the years and once again we look forward to watching the skills that most of us can only dream of  

CLICK HERE to visit ther website
Click on the image above to visit 3SIXTYS website

‘Show Us Yours’ @ BikeWise 2017

Custom & Classic image (land) (1)If you have a Classic or Custom bike then we would love to see it (& so would all the people who come to the show)


To ‘Show us Yours’ all you have to do is either bring it along to Police HQ on the afternoon of Saturday 22rd July between 2pm & 5pm (Ask for Ali)  or between  0900hrs & 0945hrs on Sunday 23rd July (BikeWise Show)

The only stipulation we have is that you will not be able to take it off the site until the show ends (about 1700hrs) as the whole of the site is pedestrianized for the event and we cannot have motorcycles being ridden through the public !!


All you have to do is fill a form in which will be available on the day from PC Ali Bonar and there are many different classes with some lovely trophies to be won. So go on… share your pride & joy with us and lets see what ‘gems’ we have tucked away in the North East.

If you need further details then please ring 0191-3752136 and ask to speak to Ali OR email us at : durham.bikewise@gmail.com

Next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

MBC

The next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on :

Sunday 9th  July at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.

Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.

If you can help to set up the track or take it down at the end it would be appreciated.
If anybody can marshal , see the girls at the signing on desk, sign the form and then well tell you what to do :-)

Please check website / Facebook / Twitter if you have any doubt about the weather.
Any cancellation will be posted by 0915hrs.

BikeWise 2017 is Sunday 23rd July… details of this event will be emailed to members

The Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team – The White Helmets


White HelmetsThe Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team  will be appearing at BikeWise 2017…….

This will be one of their last appearances as shortly after they confirmed their attendance at BikeWise 2017 it was announced the team will be disbanded after this summers performances. 

This will be a unique opportunity to see the White Helmets who have been acknowledged as the oldest, best known and most accomplished motorcycle display team in the country, if not the world. 

Formed in 1927, this season marks the 90th anniversary of the Team performing displays of motorcycling skills and whilst horses gave way to motorcycles in the display in 1937, many of the tricks they perform today are similar to those of the original riders. Based on their iconic helmets the Team adopted the world famous name ‘The White Helmets’ in 1963.  This coveted and prestigious item is an honour to wear and marks the riders out as one of the few able to perform such acts of skill.

The Team’s 23 riders on classic 750cc Triumph Tiger machines provide a fast paced, action packed display.  Wearing the full dress uniform of the Royal Signals along with their famous White Helmets the riders will perform a combination of high speed crossovers, spectacular jumps, skilful feats of balance as well as numerous reverse rides.

The Royal Signals has come a long way since those formative days using motorcycles to carry messages across the battlefield and are now modernising their image to show they truly are ‘Leaders in a Digital Age’.  Whilst this is the last year of entertaining and thrilling crowds with their dazzling arena displays, the Team’s excited to be performing one final season; demonstrating the teamwork, discipline and courage of the Royal Signals soldier.

Dave Coates will be burning rubber at BikeWise 2017

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Great news… once again our local Darlington based world record holder - Dave Coates will be performing at BikeWise 2017 on Sunday 23rd July.
The car park at the Police HQ is looking forward to having some burning rubber ‘deposited’ on it by Dave Smile
This is Dave's 22ndt consecutive BikeWise ( and he still doesn't look a day older !!) - a fantastic achievement and we are now seeing second and third generations of families enjoying the skills that Dave shows on two (& four) wheels - long may it continue.
Dave will be performing a couple of shows during the day ( times to be finalized and published later on this site ) and he will be available at his van throughout the day for autograph's, photo's and any questions you might like to put to him...
Dave will be using a variety of Yamaha bikes at the show including the Yamaha MT10 , MT09, MT07 his quad & the beast of them all….his Yamaha 50cc moped !!

Dave Coates
To learn more about Dave, visit his website at : http://www.davecoates.co.uk/