Plenty of drive in Kate

NEIGH­BOURS SUR­PRISE ARMY TRUCKER (95)

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

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.

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