MORE than 300 people gathered to pay their respects and remember loved ones at the annual Tamworth Truck Drivers Memorial Day on Saturday.
Truck drivers, family and friends packed the memorial’s grounds flanked by trucks from a variety of Tamworth’s transport companies.
Member said this was the biggest crowd they’d seen at a memorial day, with people travelling from Queensland and across NSW to attend.
“It’s a very special place and a very special day,” Tamworth Truck Drivers Club president Chris Rindfleisch said.
There are now 166 names on the memorial with 11 people added this year, including two life members of the club.
Special moments of the day included the honour guard from Tamworth Air League, the lone piper and the minute’s silence held to remember those names displayed on the boulders throughout the memorial.
“We had great support from the truck drivers with 15 trucks there this year,” Mr Rindfleisch said.
“This is one of the biggest years we’ve had and a lot of people said it was one of the best crowds we’ve had.”
The memorial is south of Tamworth on Goonoo Goonoo Rd near Citygate Service Station.