menu

REYTA Finalist Just Beverley shortlisted nominee o2 community publication award 2017
Gritter name launch 1

New names for council’s gritter lorries are unveiled

Meet Kyle Spreadmund, David Plowie, Maureen Gritman and Nicole Saltslinger ... the new names for East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s gritters!

Names for all 21 of the council’s gritting lorries – which were working around the clock during the snow and freezing weather earlier this month – were suggested by local residents and were unveiled today (Thursday 15 March).

Five-year-old Theo Cothill, of Beverley, who inspired the council to name its fleet, was the guest of honour.

Theo suggested the name Sprinkles ... and he got to meet the newly branded Sprinkles vehicle in real life at the launch.

He was also presented with a miniature toy gritter as a thank you gift by Cllr John Barrett on behalf of the council.

The full list of the new gritter names is as follows:                                                                        

Sprinkles
David Plowie
Kyle Spreadmund
Maureen Gritman
Nicole Saltslinger
Basil Salty
Roger Spreaderer
William Wilberfrost
Gritty Gritty Bang Bang
Walter The Salter
Gritty McGritface
Spreaddie Mercury
Thaw Enforcement
Itsy Bitsy Teeney Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney
Spreaddie Flintoff
Freezy Rider
Gritney Spears
True Grit
Gritney Houston
Er Ner Sner
Ease Sliding of Yorkshire

The 21 names were chosen by the council’s winter team and gritter drivers from more than 100 names suggested by members of the public via Twitter and Facebook following an appeal in January.

Mike White, group manager of Technical Services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “This has all been inspired by Theo, because he wanted to know what our gritters were called.

“So we thought naming them would be a great idea, following recent similar campaigns by Doncaster Council and Transport Scotland.

“We asked residents for suggestions and we got some really creative, funny suggestions and some with local connections too.

“I’m sure Kyle Edmund will be honoured to know he’s now got a gritter named after him!”

Theo’s father John Cothill said: “Theo is very excited. He’s been more excited about this than when he saw Father Christmas!

“Theo saw a picture of one of the gritters and he asked me to ask the council if they had names, because he’d heard other areas had names for their gritters.

“We were trying to think of some good names and Theo just liked the name Sprinkles.”

Councillor John Barrett, portfolio holder for operational services, said: “We’d like to thank all those residents who got involved and suggested names for our gritters.  I think they are all brilliant!

“Two weeks ago our gritter drivers and whole winter team did a fantastic job of working around the clock to keep the roads safe and clear during the snow and freezing temperatures.

“Hopefully next winter people will spot Sprinkles and the rest of the gritter gang and smile and wave at our drivers while they carry out their job.”

 

CAPTIONS FOR FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS, 

Theo Cothill, 5, and his father John Cothill help to launch the new gritter names with members of the Winter Team at East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Cllr John Barrett, front right, presents Theo with a mini gritter toy. (Gritter name launch 1)
Theo Cothill, 5, and his father John Cothill help to launch the new gritter names with members of the Winter Team at East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Cllr John Barrett, front right, presents Theo with a mini gritter toy. (Gritter name launch 4)
Theo Cothill, 5, helps to launch the new gritter names with members of the Winter Team at East Riding of Yorkshire Council. (Gritter name launch 5)
Theo Cothill, 5, and his father John Cothill help to launch East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s new gritter names. They are pictured in front of Sprinkles, the name Theo chose for one of the gritters. He was also presented with a mini gritter toy. (Gritter name launch 8)
Sprinkles is the first gritter from the council’s fleet of 21 to have its name added to the lorry. The rest will get their names added after the winter season. (Gritter name launch 12)

 

Gallery

Gritter name launch 12Gritter name launch 4Gritter name launch 5Gritter name launch 8

Latest from News

Val Wood Marks 100 Years of Suffrage with 'Women’s Writes'.

Val Wood Marks 100 Years of Suffrage with 'Women’s Writes'.

Award-winning author Val Wood has teamed up with Hull Central Library to launch a creative writing competition for 2018. The competition - “Women’s Writes” marks the Centenary of S...
BEVERLEY LAUGHS AT THE ‘TICKLED’ TIGER - FOOD, DRINK AND COMEDY JULY 20th - 22nd

BEVERLEY LAUGHS AT THE ‘TICKLED’ TIGER - FOOD, DRINK AND COMEDY JULY 20th - 22nd

31 shows in 2½ days - shows for adults and kids, shows for families, sketches, music, stand-up, improv, visual, quiz, musical - anything goes! Hour-long shows which you pay what ...
Multi-Story Orchestra to perform in Flemingate Shopping Centre car park in Beverley in September

Multi-Story Orchestra to perform in Flemingate Shopping Centre car park in Beverley in September

The Multi-Story Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Stark, will be visiting Flemingate Shopping Centre, Beverley, on Saturday, 8 September at 5pm with a programme to delight the family.  They ...

Features

Todays Events

Sunday - 22nd

53rd Wildlife Photographer of the year Exhibition

Beverley Art Gallery and Treasure House
10:00am

Snakes - a slither into a Secret Life

Beverley Art Gallery and Treasure House

Beverley Laughs - Family Comedy at The 'Tickled' Tiger Inn

The Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley
12:00pm

Beverley Laughs - Comedy at The 'Tickled' Tiger Inn

The Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley
4:00pm

Upcoming Events

Monday - 23rd

White Horse Folk Club Singers and Musicians Night

Beverley Conservative Club, Wylies Road
8:30pm

Thursday - 26th

Monday - 30th

White Horse Folk Club Singers and Musicians Night

Beverley Conservative Club, Wylies Road
8:30pm

Tuesday - 31st

Kids Go Wild Bumble Bee Safari -

Beverley Parks Nature Reserve
10:00am