A great time to pay tribute to truckies and the risks they take

WHETHER you're on the road or at Gatton racetrack, it's pretty difficult to miss the Lights on the Hill truck convoy.

Twin kilometres-long convoys leave BP Archerfield and Brown and Hurley Toowoomba at 9.30am tomorrow, converging on Gatton.

A trademark of the convoy is the truckies proudly sounding their horns as hundreds of people line the Warrego Hwy to cheer them.

Thousands more will gather at Gatton racetrack for a country music program, markets, ute Show 'n Shine, charity auction, children's rides and more.

Now in its 13th year, the Lights on the Hill Trucking Memorial Convoy raises money for the memorial at Lake Apex in Gatton.

It gives drivers, families and friends a chance to get together and make the public aware of how important truckies are.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones says it is one of the biggest events in the region every year and he's expecting the 2015 event could be the best yet.

"There were about 600 trucks last year so it was important the event found a location that could support further growth and the racecourse will do just that," Mayor Jones said.

"As well as the convoy of trucks, there is an exciting line up of entertainment planned throughout the day."

The line-up includes Golden Guitar winners Adam Brand, Tanya Self and Jeff Brown, APRA Song of the Year nominee McAlister Kemp, Jayne Denham, Paul Costa and Terry Clark Music.

"The transport industry is so important to our region and it's great to have an event like this in the Lockyer Valley," Mayor Jones said.

"With the change of venue residents living in Spencer St may be slightly inconvenienced by the increase in traffic during the convoy."

See lightsonthehill.com.au.

  • When: Tomorrow.
  • Where: Gatton racetrack, Spencer St.
  • Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for pensioners and children and $50 for a family of four.
  • Time: Gates open at 9am.

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