Pupils name fleet of gritters

Fenland children name the new gritter fleet at the North Highways Depot in Melbourne Avenue. Front from left: Ashleigh Stringer (7), Wesley Ayres (9), Megan Sculthorpe (4), Jacob Parkinson (10), Councillor Steve Criswell and Rose Sealey (6). Behind are the drivers (from left): Jonathan Sculthorpe, Jamie Graves, Neil Band and Antony Stevenson.
Fenland children name the new gritter fleet at the North Highways Depot in Melbourne Avenue. Front from left: Ashleigh Stringer (7), Wesley Ayres (9), Megan Sculthorpe (4), Jacob Parkinson (10), Councillor Steve Criswell and Rose Sealey (6). Behind are the drivers (from left): Jonathan Sculthorpe, Jamie Graves, Neil Band and Antony Stevenson.
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INVENTIVE school children were asked to name a fleet of new gritter lorries taking to Cambridgeshire roads this winter.

The winners met Cllr Steve Criswell on Saturday at North Highways Depot in Melbourne Avenue, March, when road safety officers from Cambs County held a naming ceremony.

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They were presented with road safety goody bags as well as having the chance to look around their named gritters and even have a ride in one.

Lyn Hesse, Road Safety Education Officer said: “This has been a really popular competition and has helped to raise the profile of child road safety as well as the winter maintenance work of the highways department in the county.”

Local winners were: Wesley Ayres from Wimblington’s Thomas Eaton School who came up with the name Professor Grit Wick; Megan Sculthorpe, of All Saints’ Primary at March with Gritter Lemon; Rose Sealey, of the Thomas Eaton with Non Slip Norman; Ashleigh Stringer, of Kingsfield Primary School in Chatteris with Grandad Grit; Cameron Button, of Kinderley Primary at Tydd St GIles with Chilli and Jacob Parkinson, of Whittlesey with Ma Grit.

Cllr Criswell, Cabinet member for Community Infrastructure, said ”Our gritting fleet play a major role in keeping the county roads clear during the winter months, this has been a great competition that has really got a lot of local children involved.

“The gritters have had their chosen names written on, so look out for them this winter.”