Purtills’ big effort for truck show

September 14, 2017

It takes a lot of hard work to set up a Deniliquin Truck Show & Industry Expo display ... just ask the team at Purtills.

Purtills had a range of their tankers, hire cars and other vehicles on display at Memorial Park on Saturday, as well as a few vehicles from the Purtills family vintage car collection.

One of them was a little troublesome before and after the show, with the battery in the 1926 Dodge Country Fire Authority fire engine going flat.

Staff has to push start the fire engine to get it to the truck show, and home again.

Truckloads of fun

Younger fans of the Deniliquin Truck Show & Industry Expo clearly had a ball at Saturday’s event, despite a slight mishap preventing the planned sideshow attractions from reaching Deniliquin.

Providers of the popular rides collided with a kangaroo while making their way to Deni on Friday night.

Thankfully no-one was seriously injured, but their truck was ‘totalled’ meaning the rides could not be delivered.

There were still snake encounters and a blow-up bounce house for the youngsters to enjoy, but a few also relished getting up close and personal with some of the ‘big boys toys’.

Some youngsters were given a chance to sit behind the wheel of one of the big rigs and rev the engine, which delighted a crowd of career drivers and other spectators.

The youngsters also had a few giggles seeing their distorted reflections in the chrome features and trim of the trucks.

Love for Raymond

Rovers fans were out in droves at Blighty on Saturday to cheer on their teams, many making homemade signs as a bit of incentive.

One sign — which incorporated a bit of pop culture into the local celebration — caught the eye of our correspondent.

The brainchild of Janet Borella, the sign paid particular tribute to fourths player and Picola League best and fairest runner-up Raymond Murphy with the slogan #Everybody Loves Raymond.

Fellow Rovers supporter Peggy Allitt happily brandished the sign during the match.

Only one local team ended up taking home the flag in Saturday’s grand final matches. See more in today’s PT Sport.

Wes welcomed

He’s no longer the face of WIN News, but Wes Cusworth is still a celebrity in these parts.

Wes was invited by the Picola District Football Netball League to be its on field presenter for the grand finals in Blighty on Saturday.

‘‘My video business was also filming all the netball grand finals,’’ said Wes, who has returned to teaching since leaving WIN News.

‘‘I do love getting back to the Southern Riverina, catching up with old friends and having people take selfies with me.

‘‘It’s lovely to be remembered.’’

On his way to Blighty, Wes was reminded of what it’s like to be a rural reporter, when some wandering cows had him held up at Woolshed Rd between Barooga and Finley.

‘‘The stop was only for a minute, I kinda pumped it up on my Facebook a bit,’’ he admitted.

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