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Updated: March 30, 2014 14:12 IST

Motorbike stunts thrill crowds at Shanghumugham beach

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HEART-STOPPING: A bike display organised by the
7th Battalion of the Madras Regiment of the Army
on the Shanghumugham beach in the city as part of
its golden jubilee celebrations on Saturday. Photo:S.Gopakumar.
THE HINDU HEART-STOPPING: A bike display organised by the 7th Battalion of the Madras Regiment of the Army on the Shanghumugham beach in the city as part of its golden jubilee celebrations on Saturday. Photo:S.Gopakumar.

Excitement was in the air at Shanghumugham on Saturday evening as well-trained men of the 7 Battalion of the Madras Regiment showed their acrobatic skills on speeding motorcycles as part of its 50 Raising Day celebrations.

A team of motorcycle riders of the regiment performed several thrilling acts on their bikes, which included ten men close formations on four bikes and climbing ladders on moving bikes, watched by an enthusiastic crowd lined up on the beach sides. Also as part of the celebrations, there was a display by the military band and a kalaripayattu performance.

The battalion was raised as an additional battalion of the Madras Regiment at Vellore in 1798.

It became 2/14 Madras Native Infantry and thereafter underwent a number of changes in its name such as 28 Madras Native Infantry, 28 Madras Infantry, 88 Carnatic Infantry in 1903 and finally 7 Madras Regiment in 1943.

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