The organiser of the White Hill Truck Drivers’ Memorial in Murray Bridge, SA has said he is very pleased that the popular truck show and family fun day will return this year, running alongside the convoy and memorial service.
The truck show took place annually before the pandemic, but has been on hiatus ever since, partly due to a shortage of volunteers.
Keith Wood, who came up with the idea for the memorial and organises all the events around it, said he has finally been able to get more people to help out.
He added that he has made the decision to change the date from November to March, to enable more local grain carters to attend on the day.
“It’s great that we are able to bring back the truck show and family fun day,” he said.
“We changed the date because in November we were having trouble getting the trucks that are carting grain – if it’s fine weather you can’t get them.
“We should get a few more trucks now.”
Trucks bearing banners paying tribute to deceased loved ones will meet at 8.30am on March 2 at BP Wingfield before proceeding to the top of White Hill via the eastbound parking bay.
A memorial service for truck drivers who have lost their lives will then take place at 11am at the White Hill Truck Drivers’ Memorial Wall.
Nine names will be added to the wall this year, including the wall’s first female truckie.
After the service, the family fun day and truck show will kick off at the Christian Reserve, with prizes for trucks across multiple categories.
The idea for the memorial came about because several of Wood’s family members have their names on the Australian Truck Drivers Memorial Wall in Tarcutta in NSW.
He wanted to give people a way to pay tribute to truckies who have lost their lives – either in an accident or through natural causes – without them having to travel long distances.
“I’ve been driving since the army days in ‘76 and a few of my mates have passed away on the road,” he previously told Big Rigs.
“My father, uncle and brother in laws, they were on the Tarcutta memorial and it’s a fair way for everyone to go so I started one up in South Australia.
“Since we started it, the council have done the whole area up and we’ve got toilets and a barbecue and everything there now.
“So a lot of the families will come and get together. It’s sort of a healing place for a lot of them.”