A touching moment as Cameron Wright, 14, of Grafton, helps his little brother, Adam, 6, to lay flowers in memory of their grandfather Rex Wright.
A touching moment as Cameron Wright, 14, of Grafton, helps his little brother, Adam, 6, to lay flowers in memory of their grandfather Rex Wright. Lynne Mowbray

Memorial honours truckies

A DRY EYE could not be found at the Truck Drivers Memorial Service on Saturday.

During the service, four names were added to the memorial wall in South Grafton and wreaths were laid.

It was Clarence Valley Council Deputy Mayor Craig Howe's first service and as well as being moved, he said it was a learning experience.

"I think that recognising our truck drivers is something that needs to happen more often," he said.

"I think people don't really think about the impact truck drivers have on our community. Without them, businesses in the Clarence Valley wouldn't function and things wouldn't get here on time.

"Everyone has gotten cranky at some stage when something hasn't arrived on time, but often what people forget is that someone has had to drive 12 hours to get it to you."

He also mentioned the difficult work conditions truck drivers faced every day.

"These men and women are driving sometimes six and a half days a week. The Pacific Hwy is a dangerous place."

Organiser of the event Gay Bailey said numbers were down on previous years, however some familiar faces were present.

"Every year we get people who come from all over to get together and remember those who have fallen," she said.

"There is a family - half of them come from Newcastle and the other half from Brisbane - that get-together at the memorial every year."

Emotions peaked when six truck drivers did a drive-by in their rigs.

"It usually brings a tear to the eye," Gay said.

The Truck Drivers Memorial Service has been running since 2004 and takes place in mid January every year.



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