Gatton lights up for Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy

UNITED APPROACH: Trucks in the annual Light on the Hill memorial convoy head down the Warrego Hwy to Gatton on Saturday.
UNITED APPROACH: Trucks in the annual Light on the Hill memorial convoy head down the Warrego Hwy to Gatton on Saturday. Sean Owens

THEY came in rigs big and small - but mostly big. Monster trucks in their hundreds descended on the Lockyer Valley from Brisbane and Toowoomba to pay tribute to those that gave their lives to the industry.

They rumbled into Gatton on Saturday for the annual Lights on the Hill.

This year marks the 11th year the event has run and was also the most successful.

The convoy came from Brisbane and Toowoomba to honour the memory of truck drivers who had been lost on our roads and from other causes.

Over 200 trucks and prime movers travelled from Toowoomba and over 400 from Brisbane for a great turnout in the Gatton Showgrounds.

The organisers were thrilled with the success of the event.

Lights on the Hill secretary Juanita Johnson said the annual drive was a reminder to other road users to be aware of the difficulties truckies face.

"Other drivers have to be aware of what they (truckies) can and can't do," she said.

"They (truck drivers) can't pull up that quickly and, if as a motorist you can't see the truck driver's mirrors, well, they can't see you."

As well as the trucks there were market stalls, kids rides, free games and activities, a licenced bar, auction and a truck and ute show and shine.

Country music star Adam Harvey was the main act on the night and was also the official Lights on the Hill ambassador.

The truck trophies awarded on the day included Bulldog, who took out the people's choice.

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