The Purple Helmets
The Purple Helmets

The Purple Helmets


According to the information on their website:

The Purple Helmets live on the Isle of Man in 'Castle Wintop' near to Injebreck, in West Baldwin. They sleep together in a large round bed and mostly eat twigs and leaves that they collect from local plantations. During still autumn nights they can often be heard singing each other to sleep and the orange glow from their peat fire can be seen from many miles away. None of the Purple Helmets go by their real names; they all have stage names to protect their identities from both women and dentists. Because they live on the edge of a reservoir the Purple Helmets are great swimmers, two of whom swam for the North West of England under 12's and the whole team have their brown life saving medallions.

There is no leader of the Purple Helmets, they have instead a form of democracy called "Clinglip", whereby hot stones are placed on their heads and whoever lasts the longest is allowed to make the decision. If one is lucky enough to examine the top of one of their heads when their helmets are off you will see the rotten scorch marks. These marks have never been photographed. The Purple Helmets love Italian food, seafood paella with skunk is their favourite. They will drink almost anything alcoholic and once got drunk on stale sherbet lemons and cheese cake brandy. Only eight of the Purple Helmets have been in prison, mostly for cruelty offences or poaching geese. There is a wi-fi connection at 'Castle Wintop'.

Well I’m not sure about any of that but I do know that getting the Purple Helmets to leave their island base can be a tricky job which is one of the reasons why they were last here in 2009. The self styled “world’s worst stunt team” are still riding their Honda C90’s and still topping out at 40mph. If none of that sounds appealing then read on.The Purple Helmets are entertainers pure and simple and the laughter is guaranteed. The list of stunts and bikes is long and varied, from the C90 with the piano attached, the limo bike, the rollover bike, chariot racing and even jumping over their team mates you will be amazed at the stupidity and futility of it all. But you will be entertained in a way you would never believe. If you were with us back in 2009 you will have your own memories (mine was watching them unload their van, organised it was not!) but if not please do not miss them this time.
 
As with our guests the Purple Helmets will be signing autographs in the Bon Accord club marquee on the top of the hill and you will also have the chance to wear the overcoat and helmet uniform to have your photo as one of the helmets. Keep your eye on the programme for full details of times.