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December 18, 1967: This was wedding breakfast for 450

By Shepparton News

A rented caterer’s van carrying food for an Italian wedding breakfast in Shepparton for 450 guests, overturned on the GV Highway at Murchison East on Saturday afternoon.

Cooked fowls, spaghetti, bread rolls, eggs and wine were scattered over the highway when a tyre blew out and the van carrying the food overturned.

But the wedding breakfast went on as usual after frantic phone calls to a Melbourne caterer ended with a second truck load of food being sent.

The driver of the van, Guiseppi Turlano, of Holland, and two women passengers, were thrown out of the van as it toppled over after a back tyre blew out.

The women received minor lacerations and the driver escaped.

First Constable B. Robbins, of Murchison, said the three people were lucky the van was not travelling at a high speed.

The accident occurred at 12.5 pm, 150 yards after the van crossed the Rushworth branch line at Murchison East, preparatory to the van turning right at the Murchison East railway gates on its way to Shepparton.

The van was headed for the Shepparton youth Club hall and the wedding of Elena Papallo and Antonio Tricarico, to which 450 guests had been invited.

It took until 3 pm before the roadway was fully cleared of the van, which overturned in the middle of the road, and the food was scattered all over the highway.

The parents of the bride, Mr and Mrs Frank Papallo, were telephones and advised of the predicament. They immediately phoned the Melbourne caterers and another truckload of food was organised.

Mr and Mrs Papallo said today that the wedding was not delayed, the second truck carrying food the wedding breakfast arriving in time for the caterers to prepare.

The happy couple went off on their honeymoon after the wedding breakfast.

But one carload of guests had a surprise when they left the celebration to go home.

Big hitter Des Campbell, playing cricket at Karibok Park for Youth Club made 141 n.o. and during his innings sent a sizer high over the boundary fence.

The ball went through the window of a car belonging to one of the wedding guests.

Today a crew of CRB men arrived at the accident scene to completely remove the waste food which had been heaped on both sides of the highway.