Bruce Pocock

A WELL-kept long white beard ensures that Burdekin small fleet owner Bruce Pocock is in high demand as Santa Claus at Christmas time.

Big Rigs saw the 67-year-old Bruce at the BP Cluden on November 14 driving a golden oldie 1979 Kenworth.

Bruce runs Burdekin Carriers based at the small hamlet of Brandon, which is near Ayr in the rich Burdekin region.

The veteran truckie was preparing for a deluge of requests to be Santa in the lead-up to December 25.

"I do it every Christmas and like to bring the spirit of the season to people," Bruce said.

As he sat in the driver's seat we snapped another pic of Bruce doing some paperwork.

His daughter-in-law who was nearby suggested Bruce may have been doing "his naughty but nice list for Christmas".

Bruce used to drive road trains in the Northern Territory.

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