Cuppa and chat with Ken the per­fect break

Driver re­viver: Trav­ellers get boost for jour­ney af­ter Monto stop

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50S -

ON MORE than one oc­ca­sion Ken Glead­hill has served cof­fee to a long lost rel­a­tive.

The Monto man has been vol­un­teer­ing at driver re­vivers for more than 20 years and has found it’s a great way to meet fam­ily mem­bers as well as the trav­el­ling public.

“I al­ways feel good af­ter meet­ing peo­ple I’ve never met be­fore. That’s the best thing about driver re­viver,” he said.

“I’ve even met rel­a­tives I’ve never met be­fore.

“Once I met a woman from Ger­many and she put her name down in the book we have. I looked at it and said ‘You wouldn’t hap­pen to know ErnieWag­ner would you?’. She said ‘He’s my un­cle’.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it and told her ‘He’s my un­cle too’.”

On an­other oc­ca­sion Mr Glead­hill and his part­ner on the Monto driver re­viver stand, Trevor Pin­cott, even met a per­son they were both dis­tantly re­lated to.

“It was just amaz­ing. She knew all my fam­ily and hadn’t met me be­fore and knew all of Trevor’s fam­ily as well but hadn’t met him be­fore,” Mr Glead­hill said.

Mr Glead­hill has been re­viv­ing driv­ers with cof­fee, tea, bis­cuits and his trade­mark tricks for more than 20 years now.

“I’ve learnt the tricks over all my life,” he said.

“I see other peo­ple do them and then I keep at it and learn how to make them my­self.

“Laugh­ter is the best medicine.”

He said as well as elic­it­ing many laughs the jokes served an­other im­por­tant pur­pose: to hold driv­ers up for as long as pos­si­ble.

“That’s the pur­pose, be­cause the longer we hold them up for, the more re­vived they get,” Mr Glead­hill said.

“We know we’ve done a good job when they walk back to the car and don’t have the wob­bles any­more.”

He said he al­ways re­mem­bered one woman who hopped out of her car and asked for two cups of cof­fee.

“I thought ‘this is a bit strange’, they don’t usu­ally ask for two,” he said.

“So I told her, you go on back there and have a rest on that mat­tress. You’ll be safe here, we’ll look af­ter you.

“Within 10 sec­onds she was asleep.

“She slept for an hour and told me she’d driven from Townsville all the way to Rock­hamp­ton for fuel then straight to Monto with only that one break.

“She called me later that night from her home in Jandowae and thanked us for sav­ing her life.”

An­other time Mr Glead­hill said he warned a pass­ing trav­eller to “look out for the bloody wal­lop­ers” as the po­lice were out in force.

“Then he said ‘Well that’s good’ and he pulled out his belt buckle to show he was a bloody wal­loper too.”

While Mr Glead­hill said he served cof­fee to many premiers over the years, he still hoped the Prime Min­is­ter would stop in to Monto’s driver re­viver for a cuppa one day.

“Well why not? I think more of the gov­ern­ment should get out here and see what we do,” he said.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

GOOD TIMES: Trevor Pin­cott and Ken Glead­hill had a ball work­ing Monto's driver re­viver Mon­day af­ter­noon.

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