Plenty of drive in Kate
NEIGHBOURS SURPRISE ARMY TRUCKER (95)
IT is not every day that a fleet of army trucks turns up on your doorstep but for Kate McKay, it brought back a number of memories.
The 95-year-old East Victoria Park resident, who was a driver and mechanic during World War II, was surprised by four trucks on January 24.
She went for a ride in one of the trucks during the morning, much to her delight.
“It was just beautiful; I thought I was going to take my daughter (Gwen) to St John’s Hospital but when I came out the front, I was overwhelmed,” she said.
“I was based at army bases around Perth, including in Jandakot, and I remember we didn't have water so I had to take girls to Buckland Hill for a shower.
“I used to drive food and different items around Perth. I remember having a blowout around the Fremantle Bridge and called for help but they told me I had accepted a man's job so I should do it myself.”
Joint Logistics Unit West Captain Ben Oakes and fellow neighbour Michael Haines organised the occasion.
Captain Oakes said after his daughter spoke with their neighbour at a Town of Victoria Park-sponsored street party during the Christmas break, he was inspired to organise it.
“Kate told her humorous anecdotes and gave her advice about putting in hard work and not giving up,” he said.
Kate McKay (centre) with Joint Logistics Unit West Warrant Officer Class 2 Aris Ioannidis, Captain Ben Oakes, Sergeant Jeffrey Smith and Warrant Officer Class 2 Mark Allanson.