AFTER a snowy start to 2021, Rotherham’s fleet of ten gritters has certainly earned their new names.
The Advertiser joined up with RMBC to let readers suggest what the vehicles should be called — and there were hundreds of suggestions.
The winning suggestions — as judged by the paper and the council — mix wintry puns with inspirations from history and pop culture.
And while the naming fun provided a welcome distraction from the pandemic, there was still room to mark the current era, with names linked to Captain Sir Tom Moore and chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty.
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Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for roads and community safety, said: “They are a great set of names that will soon appear on our gritters... some witty, some reflecting the current situation and some unique to Rotherham. Thank you to everyone who took part.”
Advertiser editor Andrew Mosley said: “It has been really good to work on this with the council and the people of Rotherham, who will see the gritters on the roads and become familiar with them through the names they have chosen.
“It proved a really popular idea and people clearly enjoyed themselves in coming up with some fantastic suggestions.”
The chosen names:
The Earl Gritzwilliam
Professor Chris Gritty
Brian the Dino-thaw
Gritty Gritty Bang Bang