Trucker Jane picks up coveted trophy

Jane Boyd from James Boyd & Sons (Carnmoney) Limited picked up the Queen of the Road title at the Dungannon Truck Run on April 1. Jane is pictured with her proud father, John Boyd. INNT 15-508CON

Jane Boyd from James Boyd & Sons (Carnmoney) Limited picked up the Queen of the Road title at the Dungannon Truck Run on April 1. Jane is pictured with her proud father, John Boyd. INNT 15-508CON

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A YOUNG Newtownabbey woman drove away with the ‘Queen of the Road’ title at the annual Dungannon Truck Run on Sunday, April 1.

Twenty-five-year-old Jane Boyd, whose father John is Director of James Boyd & Sons (Carnmoney) Limited - better known as Boyd’s Quarry in Mallusk - got behind the wheel at Northern Ireland’s biggest trucking festival to help raise money for the Sporting Hearts Children’s Charity.

The former Ballyclare High School pupil got her HGV Class 1 and 2 licence at the age of 21 and worked for the family business as a truck driver during her holidays while at university studying for a law degree.

On April 1, a convoy of more than 200 trucks from around Ireland, with air horns blowing and lights flashing, snaked its way through various towns such as Coalisland, Stewartstown and Cookstown for over two hours before returning to Granville Mart in Dungannon for the prize giving.

Jane, who now works as a solicitor in Belfast, took part in the event in one of the family firm’s distinctive red lorries and was delighted to be crowned ‘Queen of the Road.’