Competition to name South Lanarkshire’s gritters returns

Following the success of last year’s gritter naming competition, South Lanarkshire Council have launched another round.

Who will join Gritter Thunberg, Salt Disnae and friends on South Lanarkshire's roads this winter?

Last winter the roads department was able to call upon Gritter Thunberg, Lewis Caploughdi, Salt Disnae, Oh Plougher of Scotland, Nitty McGritty, Gritty McVitie, Snow Coo and Spready Mercury to grit the roads, supported by Snow Blow Patrol the snow blower.

This year another eight gritters have been put forward for the name game, with all of the area’s P4-7 pupils being asked to get their thinking caps on to come up with the punniest seasonal names they can think of.

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Councillor Julia Marrs, chairwoman of the Road Safety Forum, said: “Last year’s competition was a huge success and judging the entries was fun. It’s great seeing the named gritters out on South Lanarkshire’s roads and I’m sure everyone has their favourite.

“As I’m sure everyone will agree 2020 has been a year like no other, but I’m pleased we can still do some fun things and I’m already hearing from excited children suggesting names

“Another eight named vehicles being spotted on the roads will help highlight the dangers of travelling during bad winter weather and how much work goes into keeping our roads safe and South Lanarkshire moving.

“Good luck to all the schools who are entering the competition – I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how creative you’ve all been this year.”