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Torbay Airshow 2017


Reach for the skies, double check the tides!

Torbay Airshow 2017 has been hailed a huge success after a record breaking 150,000 crowd turned out across the bay for an action packed two day programme of world class flying.

The event brings a much needed boost to the local economy and is notable for the huge spirit of partnership and enthusiasm generated by everyone involved. REM always like to work in this way as we believe combined effort always produces the best results.

The 3 hour daily programme included the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, Team Raven, the Percival Piston Provost, Strikemaster, RAF Red Arrows, the PBY51 Catalina, Gerald Cooper in his Xtreme XA41, the Autogyro, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, The Blades and the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon FGR4. Not forgetting the mighty RAF Red Arrows who performed their first display of the season.

Paignton Green hosted an event village with entertainment, trade stands, fair rides, bars and catering. Although Team REM were grounded all weekend, it was a great example of how our event management packages combine income generation, event production and management and project management to produce a superb event.

“Please convey my grateful thanks to all the team for all the excellent work they’ve undertaken in making this event a huge success. I know that everyone has put in an enormous amount of work and I’m well aware of the responsibilities that this entails. That said the response from the private sector and residents has been very positive in indeed …. The professionals you have engaged are highly respected and undertake work for Bournemouth, Bristol and other local authorities”

Gordon Oliver, Elected Mayor of Torbay


We do like to be beside the seaside

Bournemouth Air Festival

Years ago, a trip to the seaside meant ice cream, donkey rides, amusement arcades and a lot of staring at the sea. Those days are long gone especially if you visit Bournemouth around the time of the award winning Air Festival. With a record-breaking 1300 boats in the bay on Saturday alone and total numbers topping 750,000 in spite of weather extremes, the event welcomed new displays from the MiG 15 and Hawk T2 Role Demo Team as well as an emotional farewell from festival favourite, the Vulcan against a backdrop of a flotilla of Royal Navy ships. The world-renowned Red Arrows stole the show as usual performing on all four days. The REM slice of this seaside confection is Night Air with the Wave 105 Music Stage fully loaded for three nights of fantastic music. Thursday night kicked off with a Proms on the Beach style ‘Power from the Sea’ concert with HM Royal Marines Band Collingwood Friday night turned into Pop Night with Alesha Dixon, Lawson and Scouting for Girls. Saturday night saw the Wave 105 crew presenting ‘Take Off’ a journey through 25 years of dance, with club anthems and DJ sets on the beach from Livin’ Joy ft Luzahnn, K Klass, Karen Harding, Artful (Artful Dodger’s Mark Hill) and Black Box . That’s the way to do it – something for everyone and yes – we did manage at least one ice cream!

Transatlantic 175 and high viz models

Not only did the REM team play a big part in the production and management of Liverpool’s T175 celebrations, they also had a walk on part in The Very Big Catwalk extravaganza. This was a successful Guinness World record attempt for the most models on a catwalk.

The record-breaking spectacle formed part of the city’s Transatlantic 175 celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of the first transatlantic crossing. REM formed the high viz section and were an eye catching contribution to the total of  3,651 people who sashayed, strutted and preened  their way down the 40 metre-long catwalk, located at the city’s Pier Head..

Creative director for the two-day event, Wayne Hemingway, said: “Liverpool is pretty adept at taking its place on the world stage, so the fact we’ve smashed this Guinness World Record attempt comes as no surprise.

The successful Guinness World Records attempt formed just one part of the first day of the two-day Transatlantic 175 event, organised by Liverpool City Council and curated by iconic British designer Wayne Hemingway.

Other highlights included ‘Vintage on the Dock’.  A bespoke version of Wayne Hemingway’s highly acclaimed Vintage Festival, the Eat the Atlantic Food Festival, which tickled taste buds with its array of food demonstrations, street theatre, hands-on food art workshops, live music, children’s ‘fishy tales’ storytelling sessions and, of course, an abundance of delicious food. Saturday evening saw iconic Merseyside-born DJ Greg Wilson hit the decks and take a huge crowd at the Pier Head on a musical journey celebrating Liverpool’s history as an entry point for American music in the UK –

The day was topped off by the departure of the Queen Mary 2 cruise liner from the city, which set sail towards the bright lights of New York City in a recreation of the 1840s maiden voyage that originally sailed to Boston. This finale included a massive firework and light display as the city waved farewell in style to the majestic cruise liner.

The Transatlantic 175 weekend marked the end of a seven-week programme of spectacular events in Liverpool, all under the banner of ‘One Magnificent City. The celebrations were to honour the city’s internationally renowned maritime history and transatlantic links, and mark Cunard’s 175th anniversary.

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3 Queens in River Dance

REM have a long tradition of working on major events in Liverpool but not quite as long as Cunard, who established the first scheduled service across the Atlantic in1840 and every year since, Cunard vessels have crossed and re-crossed the Atlantic without fail.

The historic 175th anniversary was celebrated in enormous style with the first-ever three Queens meeting on the Mersey on 25th May.

On 24th May,   Queen Mary 2 arrived at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal to be joined the next morning, by her sister-ships Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, creating an unprecedented three Queens spectacular.

Having performed a series of synchronised manoeuvres , the celebration finished with the three ships, the largest passenger ships ever to muster together on the River Mersey, lined up across the river just 130 metres apart as the Red Arrows performed a fly-past overhead.

As anyone who has worked on an event in Liverpool will know, this is a city that loves to party and the celebrations lasted three days with an estimated audience of 1.3 million at various locations throughout the area. Spectacular lighting projections illuminated the Cunard Building whilst Pier Head provided music stages, buskers and impromptu street theatre to create a festival atmosphere.

Having provided site and production management for the long weekend and with a busy summer schedule ahead, none of the REM team will actually be going on a Trans – Atlantic cruise but it is a fantastic feeling to be a part of such an historic occasion.

Caption; when it is reported that every vantage point was taken, we are often a little cynical about such reports. But, our MD Mike has evidence that on the Mersey that was the case, as this picture illustrates. We assume the two people actually knew each other!


Run! – it’s Bristol 10k

Bristol 10k has gone from strength to strength in recent years, establishing itself as a major date in the running calendar.

Whilst the runners are waiting for their alarm clocks to go off or doing a last minute bit of carb loading, the REM team have already been hard at work for several hours setting out the course and making sure every detail is in place.

It’s not all about elite runners and club runners as many people are lacing their shoes for their first time in a formal event.

Underneath overcast skies and a smattering of rain (which race officials cleverly describe as “advantageous cool conditions”), thousands of runners took to the streets of Bristol led by Lord Mayor Claire Campion Smith.

Men’s race winner Jonah Chesum finished with an unofficial time of 29 minutes 17 seconds, while Louise Damen was the fastest woman at 33 minutes 40 seconds.

The REM finishing time was a lot later but in fairness, we were carrying barriers, signage and event kit.

Champions Parade

Champions Parade There used to be a joke that Bristol had two football teams – neither of which were any good. Well, that’s just not true anymore.

To prove the point, on Sunday May 3rd, Bristol City thrashed Walsall 8-2 prior to being presented with the League One trophy in front of a home crowd of 11,960.

Which didn’t leave a lot of time to work on their celebratory coach trip through the city on May 4th. Actually there were so far ahead in the league, that we had a little bit more notice – but we relish a challenge and the REM home squad is always ready for action.

The first team and club management left Ashton Gate at 12:30 to tour the city with thousands of supporters lined up to cheer the team along a celebratory open-top bus parade. Thousands more turned up at the end of the route on the Harbourside’s Amphitheatre.

Club directors, Steve Cotterill the manager and players thanked their fans and a sea of red and white chanted their approval. The REM squad covered all positions from upfront staging, lighting and PA, to a solid midfield of site management and a robust backline of safety documentation. It is 60 years since the Robins last won a league championship so it really was a unique occasion. But here’s to the next one! Ends

Clifton Suspension Bridge 150th Anniversary Fireworks

All the projects that REM are involved in receive a huge amount of care and attention but there are some occasions which provide moments of sheer magic. The firework display to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of Clifton’s Suspension Bridge on December 8th was such an occasion. It had all the elements needed to create high drama – a full moon, a high tide, cold but bright weather a spine tingling sound track and a stunning firework display. The show was watched by 100,000 spectators who showed their affection and respect for Bristol’s most iconic landmark.

Octoberfest Basingstoke

There are very few events in the country that offer a line up including beer, cider, Victorian fun and ferrets. It’s obviously a winning combination which attracts record visitor numbers each year to Basingstoke’s Octoberfest. The festival showcases a large range of producers selling great food, beers and cider with a European flavour served up Basingstoke’s twin towns. There is a full programme of demonstrations, exhibitions, craft workshops and talks as well as live music and dance, street entertainment, traditional games, competitions and children’s activities.

Alongside the usual full programme of demonstrations and exhibitions, Octoberfest has added ferret-racing, a Victorian fun fair, a children’s animal farm, classic cars, steam engines, circus skills and pony rides in recent years with over 100 different beers, ciders and wines available.

A lot of people think Basingstoke is a new town but it’s mentioned in the Domesday Book as a prosperous market town. Octoberfest has the atmosphere of a traditional country fair and makes a great day out for everyone, whether you like ferrets or not!

Liverpool International Music Festival

In the words of Yaw Owusu, curator of Liverpool Music Festival – “ the festival is a series of diverse and eclectic music events and performances that reflect the City’s ever evolving relationship with music “ The 2014 calendar of events saw massive developments in programming building on last year’s successful Sefton Park element with the addition of the LIMF Summer Jam. This year saw the addition of two more areas of music and loads of extra activities to further show the breadth and depth of the music palette. With three stages, loads of new content, tens of thousands of people and the Liverpudlian talent for having a great time even when the weather gets in the way – it was always going to be a great festival.

We were delighted to be awarded  the production management contract for LIMF. Click on this link to see what we got up to!

Commonwealth Flotilla

REM successfully delivered event management services for the Commonwealth Flotilla along with other elements  of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, July 23rd – August 3rd.

REM began working on site on July 8th after months of planning, managing the delivery of the spectator zones and media facilities for the flotilla event in Greenock on behalf of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) of Scotland.

Our brief was  arranged for the production and management of spectator zones for the largest flotilla ever seen on the River Clyde, with thousands of onlookers lining the river bank to watch 250 boats sail from Greenock to Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.

The flotilla was a spectacular element of the city’s celebrations, welcoming the 20th Commonwealth Games and helping create a very special atmosphere across the city and wider region. RYA Scotland alongside Inverclyde Council and REM designed the flotilla to celebrate one of the world’s greatest rivers and its place in Glasgow’s past and future.

Mike Richmond, managing director of REM, commented: “This July marks our eighteenth year working on events in public spaces.  Our proven track record underpins our client’s confidence in our ability, particularly our maritime event ability to support the RYA’s delivery of a world class celebration.”

“We have worked on a lot of events in Scotland and are particularly proud to help the RYA, as well as providing additional overlay site management for the Glasgow Green Festival live site and to the Queen’s Baton Relay, contributing to these memorable Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.”