TRUCKING POWER: The dazzling convoy of prime movers passes through Plainland on the way to Gatton’s annual Lights on the Hill memorial.
TRUCKING POWER: The dazzling convoy of prime movers passes through Plainland on the way to Gatton’s annual Lights on the Hill memorial. Sarah Harvey

Convoy prime mover backing truckies

THOUSANDS of people lined the Ipswich Mwy and Warrego Hwy on Saturday to show their support for truck drivers and watch the Lights on the Hill convoy.

Between 650 and 700 trucks took part in the annual drive, which ends with a concert in Gatton.

This 10th annual convoy was a record-breaker, Lights on the Hill Trucking Memorial Inc president Gary Simpson said.

"It's the biggest one we've ever had; we had an exceptional response," Mr Simpson said.

More and more people were embracing the day, which is aimed at thanking truck drivers and honouring those drivers who have lost their lives.

Mr Simpson said drivers were heartened by the community's show of support.

"That's all they talk about all day - they love it," Mr Simpson said.

"It's very special and it's our happy day, compared to when we have our memorial in October."

Mr Simpson said drivers and supporters enjoyed a concert at the Gatton Showgrounds after the convoy.

"You'll understand the hearts they've got when you know some of the drivers do the convoy and can only stay two hours before driving back to work," he said.

"It's also great to see the general public come along.

"I talked non-stop to people who weren't drivers who came along and for a lot of them it was their first year. They all said they'll be back every year to come."

Mr Simpson said he was looking forward to the opening of the new Gatton showgrounds because, with the huge turnout, trucks had spilled from the arena to surrounding areas.



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