Truckies honour memory of mates
A CONVOY of prime movers will depart the Rose City tomorrow as part of a yearly tradition to honour truck drivers who have lost their lives.
Wickhams driver Robbie Larfield has been recruiting fellow drivers to take part in the Lights on the Hill convoy this weekend.
The annual events attracts drivers from all over Australia who travel through to Gatton, with funds raised this year going towards flood victims and the Gatton truck driver’s memorial.
Dubbed the conductor by his crew, Mr Larfield said he is looking forward to driving in his third trip alongside his workmates and fellow drivers.
“It is just a good cause and a chance to remember all of the truckies who have died – I have lost a few good mates,” he said.
Mr Larfield has compiled a Warwick fleet of around 15 Kenworths and said various models would spice up the show.
He said it was not just honouring friends and workmates who had lost their loves, but was also a way to show camaraderie among fellow truck drivers.
“A lot of people stand-by to see all of the trucks and they have a wave and cheer,” he said.
“It’s just unbelievable the amount of different people that turn up – you see teenagers and grandparents, everyone.”
Fellow Warwick truck driver Albert Deveson will take the steering wheel in the convoy for the first time this year and the trip will hold a special meaning for him.
Mr Deveson’s wife passed away 10 months ago and this year her name will be added to the monument in Gatton.
Boasting a trucking career that spans more than 50 years, Mr Deveson said it was important for people to understand the important role truck drivers play in society.
“We carry the country,” Mr Deveson said.