Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yel­low Anti-Slip Machiney

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

PRI­MARY school chil­dren across Le­ices­ter­shire are be­ing en­cour­aged to name THREE new grit­ters in time to tackle the win­ter weather.

So do you think you could come up with a bet­ter name than David Plowie, Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yel­low Anti-Slip Machiney and The Sub­zero Hero?

Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil is invit­ing young­sters to sub­mit names that they’d like to see em­bla­zoned on the sides of the yel­low ma­chin­ery used to clear roads of ice and snow.

The chil­dren with the win­ning names will get a chance to see ‘their’ grit­ter com­plete with its name painted on as part of its liv­ery.

Coun­cil­lor Blake Pain, cab­i­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment and trans­port, said: “I’m de­lighted with the new ar­rivals to the fleet. Grit­ters are a vi­tal part of keep­ing the county’s roads safe dur­ing the win­ter months.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing what in­ven­tive sug­ges­tions pupils can come up with. This is a great way for young­sters to get in­volved and learn about the chal­lenges of win­ter weather.”

Sug­ges­tions can be sent in by in­di­vid­u­als, school classes or the whole school. They should in­clude the name they have thought of, to­gether with the name and ad­dress of their school, and the class or child’s name if rel­e­vant.

Last year, saw 290 sug­ges­tions sent in by school­child­ren, but it was Grit­ter­saurus that caught the judges’ eye.

Scot­land al­ready has a plethora of named grit­ters while Don­caster coun­cil had a World Cup of names last year with David Plowie and Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yel­low Anti-Slip Machiney win­ning the day to be put on the side of the ve­hi­cles.

Mean­while, our county coun­cil is well pre­pared for the pos­si­bil­ity of se­vere win­ter weather and has 18,000 tonnes of grit stock­piled ready for use. When­ever icy con­di­tions are fore­cast, the grit­ters spread roughly 170 tonnes of the spe­cial salt and mo­lasses mix each night, cov­er­ing around 1,300 miles of high­way.

Teach­ers can en­ter a name on be­half of a pupil or class by vis­it­ing le­ices­ter­shirecc-self.achieveser­­vice/Name-theGrit­ter-com­pe­ti­tion.

The dead­line for en­tries is Fri­day, 21 De­cem­ber.

The win­ners will be cho­sen by a judg­ing panel and will be an­nounced early Jan­uary. Grit­ter names from

other ar­eas: David Plowie Spready Mer­cury Brad Grit Grit­ney Spears Usain Salt The Sub­zero Hero Mr Plow Grit­tie McVit­tie Ready Spready Go Sir Sal­ter Scott Sir Grits-a-lot Ice De­stroyer Plougher O’Scot­land Snow De­stroyer Gritty Gon­za­les Gritty Gritty Bang Bang Luke Snowalker Snow­ball

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