Truckers’ charity convoy promises to be a “spectacular sight”

October 20, 2014

A unique spectacle is promised in south Armagh this weekend when the area’s first ever ‘Festival of Light’ Truck Run will take place.

Setting off from Crossmaglen on Saturday evening 25th October, up to 100 trucks are expected to take part in the event, criss-crossing country roads in convoy, through Culloville and across the border before returning via Silverbridge.

Although fundraising truck runs have become a familiar feature in recent times, organisers say the Festival of Light event sets itself apart as it is taking place at night.   The public will be treated to a dazzling display of illumination as the vehicles wind their way along the 20-odd mile route.

Organised and sponsored by Gerard McMonagle, owner of Superbite’s Restaurant and Take-away in Crossmaglen, the event is the latest fundraising initiative of his employee, Irene Reel, ahead of her participation in Skip Car Tour Strictly Come Dancing event next month.  All proceeds from fundraising events are in aid of Southern Area Hospice Services and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Truckers are invited to assemble in the town Square around 7.00pm on Saturday with all rigs welcome, regardless of make, model or age.  Upon registration, a donation of £30 per truck is requested, with all money raised going to the chosen charities.

Speaking ahead of the event, Gerard McMonagle, encouraged all drivers and truck companies throughout the local area and further afield to join in this unique event: “This is the first ever event like this – where trucks will be travelling in darkness – to be held in this area, and we are expecting it to be a spectacular sight with all the vehicles lit up and travelling in convoy

“All truckers are welcome and can contact us through our Facebook page or just come along on the evening – the more trucks, the better!”

The whole community is being urged to come out and support this event, which is guaranteed to be a memorable occasion for both participants and spectators.  The vehicles can be viewed in the area of The Square from 6.30pm onwards.

Departing from The Square at 8.00pm, the trucks will follow the route to Culloville – Shelagh – Crossmaglen – Donnelly’s Silverbridge – Garvey’s Tullydonnell – before returning via Fords Cross to Crossmaglen.

More information can be found on its Facebook page ‘Festival of Lights Truck Run’ and truckers can also use this page to register their participation in the event.

Meanwhile, Gerard has revealed that a uniquely special, one-of-a-kind truck will take part in the event.  Enthusiasts are invited to come along and view the spectacular RHD t-cab Scania 730 – the only one in the world.

A ‘Tramps Ball’ event in Crossmaglen Rangers Hall will immediately follow the conclusion of the Truck Run and everyone is invited to come along and continue their evening’s entertainment with live music provided by a host of guest artists.  Fancy dress is optional and refreshments will be served.