Calling all children! Name that gritter returns!

Popular competition returns for a fifth year.


Every pupil in every West Sussex school is being challenged to ‘Name a Gritter’ this winter.

West Sussex County Council contractor Balfour Beatty is running the annual contest.

It wants to rename three of the yellow gritters in its fleet.

The three pupils who come up with the best names will each receive a High Street voucher.

Their school will also win a grit bin, grit salt to fill it and snow shovels.

Past winners:

·         2014: Bitterly Gritterly, Olaf, Freddie Salted.

·         2013: Nitty Gritty, Gritter Bug, Snow Buster.

·         2012: Thaw, Gritney Spears, Great Gritain.

·         2011: Crystal-a-tor, Mr Gritty, Cosmic Cruncher.

As long as you avoid any of the names above, you have a chance to win.

Schools can email for a copy of the entry form to distribute.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, November 24.

A gritter will arrive at the winning schools on Friday, November 27, to show off its new name to everyone.

Visitors from Balfour Beatty will also give a talk to the school on how important it is to ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ this winter.

County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, John O’Brien, said: “This is a great contest which provides some fabulous names from every school that enters.

“We need some new ones to join the likes of Gritney Spears and Freddie Salted in keeping our roads safe in winter.

“The competition gives us a chance to visit schools and show children how to keep safe during the colder months.”

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Last updated:
6 February 2018

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