Visit by army trucks bring delightful memories for ex-driver Kate

Kate McKay gets ready for a ride in one of the army trucks
Kate McKay (centre) with Joint Logistics Unit West warrant officer classic two Aris Ioannidis, Capt Ben Oakes, Sgt Jeffrey Smith and warrant officer class two Mark Allanson
Kate McKay (centre), with her granddaughter Lauren McKay, daughter Gwen Ferry, daughter Dale Dewhirst, great grandson Cohen Mais, and son Jim McKay
Kate McKay gets ready for a ride in one of the army trucks Kate McKay (centre) with Joint Logistics Unit West warrant officer classic two Aris Ioannidis, Capt Ben Oakes, Sgt Jeffrey Smith and warrant officer class two Mark Allanson Kate McKay (centre), with her granddaughter Lauren McKay, daughter Gwen Ferry, daughter Dale Dewhirst, great grandson Cohen Mais, and son Jim McKay

IT is not everyday that a fleet or army trucks turns up on your doorstep but for Kate McKay, it brought back a number of memories.

The 95-year-old East Victoria Park resident, who was a driver and mechanic during World War II, was surprised by four trucks on January 24.

Much to her delight, she went for a ride in one of the trucks during the morning.

“It was just beautiful. I thought I was going to take my daughter (Gwen) to St Johns Hospital but when I came out the front, I was overwhelmed,” she said.

“I was based at a number of army bases around Perth, including in Jandakot and I remember we didn’t have water so I had to take girls to Buckland Hill for a shower.

“I used to drive around food and different items around Perth. I remember having a blowout around the Fremantle Bridge and called for help but they told me I had accepted a man’s job so I should do it myself.”Joint Logistic Unit West Capt Ben Oakes and fellow neighbour Michael Haines organised the occasion.

Capt Oakes said after his daughter spoke with their neighbour at a Town of Victoria Park-sponsored street party during the Christmas break, he was inspired to organise it.

“Kate told her humorous anecdotes and gave her advice about putting in hard work and not giving up,” he said.

“I approached my CEO. It went through the chain of command and I was able to bring the trucks here.”