Convoy ready to roll into Gatton
ON September 30 Gatton will come alive with the rumble of working diesel engines and the bellowing tunes of horns as one of Australia’s most iconic truck convoys hits town for the annual Lights on the Hill (LOTH) Convoy.
The spectacular convoy has built a reputation for bringing the Lockyer Valley region together to celebrate the transport industry and the local businesses the industry supports.
Thousands of spectators line the streets and highways watching hundreds of trucks in a convoy starting at 10am and coming from two locations – one starts at Roches Rd, Withcott, close to Toowoomba, and the other, from Citiswitch Industrial Park, Bundamba in Ipswich.
The Convoy, Truck Show and Country Music extravaganza this year is primed to be a showcase of some of the best local and national music talents, including Kerry Kennedy & Double Barrel, Travis Collins, Jeff Brown and lots more. For locals who have been following the convoy for over a decade, you need to know traditionally the LOTH organisation has had two separate events, one in February, the convoy, and another later in the year, the memorial service at the Lights on the Hill Truck & Coach Drivers’ Memorial that sits above Lake Apex overlooking the Cultural Centre.
This year the events will be a day apart on the Queensland Queen’s birthday weekend.
The town will be packed for the weekend with visitors from all over Queensland and interstate.
The event is a real boost for the local economy and tourism for the region.
“The event has grown considerably in the last five years from 200 trucks to growing to more than 700 trucks and has developed a reputation for one of the best country music shows in the region,” said LOTH President, Kerry Wilkins.
The convoy, was originally held at the base of the Lake Apex Park, at the same venue where the Lights on the Hill Truck & Coach Drivers Memorial Wall sits but with the growth of the event it is coming back to the heart of the town, at the Showgrounds, to make it much easier to get to.
“We welcome the Lockyer Valley community to join with us over the weekend and to help us raise funds for our organisation while enjoying a great family day out,” Mr Wilkins said.
On Sunday October 1 the community will also be invited to join families and friends of fallen truck and coach drivers as the names of this year’s fallen are added to the Lights on the Hill Truck & Coach Drivers’ Memorial. The 2017 memorial will start at 10am.
For more information, and to be involved visit http://www.lightsonthe hill.com.au.
BIG EVENT: Australia’s most iconic truck convoys hits town for the annual Lights on the Hill Convoy.
ABOVE: The Lights on the Hill Truck & Coach Drivers’ Memorial that sits above Lake Apex at Gatton.