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A trucker’s wife at a trucker’s show
01 Jan 2014
by Kirsty Smallman

As a trucker’s wife there was only one place I was going to be this weekend… Shropshire Truck Show at Oswestry.
And as my parents only live five minutes from Oswestry Show Ground there really was no excuse.
To my delight there was no need for me to have tried to think of any excuses as it was a great family day out, especially for my three boys – a 40-year-old, a nearly three-year-old and a one-year-old were all in their element.
“Big trucks like daddy’s” and even the lorries Eddie had been playing in the previous weekend at his great uncle’s haulage yard were all on show at their best.
Proud drivers had been on site since 6am polishing what is considered as their pride and joy. This was the perfect afternoon for any truck fan.
Compared to visits during previous years, there was certainly more trucks on display – proving the organiser’s claims it was going to be bigger and better than ever before.
The threat of rain and the damp (and rather muddy) ground had failed to turn the crowds away as thousands enjoyed the show today alone and there is many more visitors expected to turn out for the second day of the show tomorrow.

The boys (including the husband!) enjoyed the Monster Truck showdown between Swamp Thing and Crusher, while the “bikies” from the Stuntworld Motorcycle Stunt Show certainly impressed the boys with their “big jumps”.
Other attractions included both a vintage fire engine and a real “jupiter” from Fireman Sam (courtesy of Oswestry Fire Service) which one certain member of the family got to proudly sit in.
We had to tear Eddie away from most of the attractions as he declared each of them to be “the best” – with particular interest in the remote control trucks exhibited inside by their owners.
To a two year old they were perhaps a little more friendly in size and left him fascinated as they were maneuvered around the model size road, farm, lake and buildings.
Like any family show there was the usual funfair and stalls which both the children and Daddy enjoyed – train rides for the boys, new mats and goodies for Daddy’s truck.
Smiles all round!
For those without plans tomorrow, Shropshire Truck Show organisers have put on something for everyone and even the women (in what is considered as a male dominated world!) are given a warm welcome.
Today we arrived just after the celebrity appearance by Sally “traffic” Boazman but tomorrow the female visitors will be in for a treat with a guest appearance by television actor Will Mellor in the main arena at 1.15pm.
And for those with a little bit of a dare devil inside them – book your ride on the the New Red Dragon Monster Truck – for me it seemed a little bit too loud, fast and furious but for the ones strapped safely to their seats it seemed like they were having the best time of their lives!