Essex: 13-year-old motorcyclist ready for tattoo

A TEENAGER who joined a motorcycle stunt display team at the age of four is this month performing in front of 217,000 spectators at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Wayne Scott, 13, immediately put his name forward to join the internationally recognised Imps Motorcycle Display Team after seeing them perform at the Saffron Walden Carnival in 2002.

Now a senior rider, the year nine pupil from Helena Romanes School rides the most powerful bike available to the youngsters, a 230cc model.

Proud mother, Tina Scott, said: “When he fist saw them, I had to stop him from going into the arena.

“I’m so very proud of him. I’m totally amazed. I feel so proud when I see him perform live.”

The youngster is now performing most nights until August 28 at the sold-out tattoo – a military display which is part of the Edinburgh Festival.

As a result Wayne, who comes from Thaxted, spends lengthy periods of time away from home.

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Tina explained: “When they first sign up, they go away for a night and see how they cope with being away from home. They then go away for a weekend to see if they still enjoy it – this is all before they even touch a motorbike.”

Currently away in Scotland for five weeks, Wayne has further performance dates scheduled around the country during the remainder of the summer.

“He has been doing it from a young age and copes really well with being away. I don’t phone unless he calls me though as they do get a little bit home sick,” she said.

“Because it is a charity run organisation, we only pay a small fee for the year as parents. You get the motorbike, the full red tunic and helmet for free. All we have to provide is a riding bag.”

The Imps are made up of 38 youngsters including three girls. The youngest member at present is five years old.

Every show they perform a range of stunts including a fire jump and a spectacular human pyramid on their bikes.

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