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Club pays special tribute to fallen truckies

The North Coast Trucking Social Club in South Kempsey, NSW paid tribute to seven fallen truckies over the weekend as part of their annual memorial. 

An informal convoy left South Street in South Kempsey on the morning of April 27, driving through Kempsey CBD and then on to Frederickton, finishing up at the South Kempsey Interchange. 

A memorial service then took place, which was followed by a remembrance dinner at the Kempsey Heights Bowling Club.  

Seven more names were added to the memorial wall this year. Image: Shane Ocean

Seven plaques were added to the memorial wall, bringing the total number of plaques to 33.  

The fallen truckies who were honoured this year included:  

  • Robert Mavin (Bob) 
  • Wayne Witchard (Curly) 
  • Arthur Connor (King Arthur)  
  • Rhoderic Kyle (Rod)  
  • Robert Milligan (Hector)  
  • Kevin Harvey (Bluegum)  
  • Raymond Gill 
An informal convoy left South Street in South Kempsey at 9am on April 27. Image: Shane Ocean

Kate Jones, Secretary of the North Coast Trucking Social Club, told Big Rigs that they had a “great turnout” for the convoy, with 20-30 trucks taking part.  

She said it was a particularly emotional year for the club as Bob Mavin, founder of the Mavin Truck Centre in Kempsey, passed away.  

“Mavin’s Truck Centre has supported the club since 1972,” Jones said.  

“We had a big crowd of the Mavin family show up this year to pay tribute to him and the other drivers, which was really nice.” 

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