Emma Herbert from Phoenix at Birmingham Tattoo

November 08, 2018

For 30 years, the Birmingham Tattoo has thrilled audiences and this year is no exception.

On the 24th and 25th November 2018, the Wreath of Respect Riders Display Team will be performing at the Birmingham International Tattoo.

The Display Team is made up of motorcycle and trike riders from all over the UK and have been practising for months in order to make an impressive display of skill the accompany the 30th birthday of the Tattoo in Birmingham.

The Wreath of Respect is a handmade wreath of metal poppies commissioned in 2014 by an anonymous donor to commemorate the centenary of the start of WW1 and to show appreciation for all affected by conflict, not just those who served but their families, friends and descendants, up to and including the present day and in the future. It is designed to be touched and held. The poppies represent Remembrance and they are supported by a horseshoe which came from one of the stallions that pulled the gun-carriage bringing soil from Flanders Fields to the Memorial Garden in Horseguards. The horseshoe represents the appreciation for all animals involved in conflict, dogs, pigeons, cats, not just horses. In the centre of the Wreath are the words of the Exhortation. These words are also printed in Braille on the rear of the Wreath so that anyone who is visually impaired may gain the full experience of the Wreath.

Whether you prefer the Massed Marching Bands, the Exciting Displays or the splendour of the spectacular Grand Finale there is something for everyone at this year's Birmingham International Tattoo at the Arena Birmingham (formerly the Barclaycard Arena) on Saturday 24th November at 6pm and Sunday 25th November at 2pm.

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