EMOTIONAL DAY: Children leave flowers at one of the walls at the White Hill Truck Drivers' Memorial during the 2019 event in November.
EMOTIONAL DAY: Children leave flowers at one of the walls at the White Hill Truck Drivers' Memorial during the 2019 event in November. Simon Passehl

Moving service for truckies

THE recent White Hill Truck Drivers' Memorial was a moving and fitting service dedicated to the men and women from the transport industry who lost their lives in past 12 months.

Memorial president Shaun Wood said it was an emotional day with seven names added to the walls, but it was a good chance for the tight-knit community to come together and know that they're not alone in their grief.

Sharon Hourn, whose two children are named on one of the two walls, spoke at the memorial about what the wall meant to her and offered her support to anyone who needed it.

The truck drivers' memorial at Murray Bridge in South Australia was started seven years ago, after truckie Keith Wood was inspired by the Tarcutta memorial, where his father's name appeared.

There are two parts to the memorial - one wall for drivers killed while doing their job and another for others who had been in the industry but had retired or passed away from natural causes.

Members of the Xion Warriors Motorcycle Club from New Zealand travelled to Murray Bridge for this year's service to pay their respects to members of the club's Australian chapter who were added to the wall during the ceremony.

The convoy, which left from BP Wingfield and BP Keith and included 69 trucks, arrived before the service and nearly 40 trucks participated in a show and shine afterwards.

Shaun Wood congratulates Ryan Gambier on winning Truck of the Show.
Shaun Wood congratulates Ryan Gambier on winning Truck of the Show. Simon Passehl

Mt Gambier driver Ryan Whitehead's Kenworth Legend 900 took out truck of the show.

Mr Wood thanked all of the event sponsors - without them, he said, the memorial would not be possible.

Next year's memorial will be held on November 7 and if anyone wants to get involved, nominations for the 2020 committee are now open. Contact the White Hill Truck Driver's Memorial Facebook page for details.

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