The Imps are off to Jordan -by Royal appointment
The world famous Imps motorcycle display team will be jetting off to the Middle East to take part in three events after an invitation from the King of Jordan.
The group of 40 young motorcyclists, whose ages range from six to 16, will be in Jordan from June 8-15 and will be accompanied by several chaperones and Roy Pratt, MBE, who founded the Imps 40 years ago.
The invitation to the Imps came from the King after he witnessed their performance at last year’s Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The young display team is used to performing for high ranking officials and have travelled as far as Barbados, America, Canada, Norway and Holland.
A spokesman for the group said the team was very excited at being asked to perform in Jordan and always considered it an honour.
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The East Ham based Imps has taken part in six Edinburgh Military Tattoos and comprises young people from Walthamstow, Hackney and Newham.They also train with the Royal Corps Signals’ White Helmets display team.
They are loved by crowds and are watched by millions on television.
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The organisation is dedicated to educating children with a dynamic and challenging programme of activities with a world-famous motorcycle display team at its heart.
Today’s display team has its roots in the 1970’s from The Hackney Adventure Holiday Project – a charity founded by Roy Pratt MBE that provided holidays in the country for under privileged 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 sixteen, emerged.