A resident of Doncaster, in South Yorkshire, would like to say a few kind words about the local public-works department:
“As an avid user of roads, footpaths and public spaces and an avid fan of traction, I’ve come to really like not falling over. Gritters do a really important job.”
Doncaster Council has recently added two new gritters, to keep the roads clear when the weather is terrible, and they asked the community for names for the machines — with some ground rules to be honored:
😱*Puts on tin hat* 😱
We would like your name suggestions for two of our new gritting vehicles, please.
Keep em clean and be original – we'd prefer not to spend the next few days trawling through responses of Gritty McGritface and Gary Gritter. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/rCH9HneHJe
— Doncaster Council (@MyDoncaster) November 8, 2017
Hey, I liked “Gary Gritter,” though its namesake seems to have come to a bad end.
Be that as it may, the Council was happy with the vote:
We are DELIGHTED to be able to confirm what our new gritters will be called, following the #DoncasterGrittingWorldCup final!
They will be called:
Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney
— Doncaster Council (@MyDoncaster) November 17, 2017
The woman who came up with Gritsy Bitsy is quoted at the top of this article.
And it’s not like this is unfamiliar territory to Doncaster Council:
The new gritters will now join the council’s fleet of eclectically-named vehicles, Brad Grit, Gritney Spears, The Subzero Hero, Mr Plow and Usain Salt.
That name again is Mr Plow.