A fleet of eight gritters are all set for winter – after getting their new names for 2020.
Residents were asked to use their imagination to come up with inventive names for the vehicles for a West Dunbartonshire Council competition last month.
After more than 300 entries received, the winning titles are:
- Ben Snowmond, nominated by Jen Watt
- Humphry Clinker the Grit Sprinkler nominated by George McKeown
- Singer Salting Machine, nominated by Sheila Donnelly
- George Plowie, nominated by John Mcinally
- The Spreadable Hulk, nominated by Adam Ramage
- Grit Down On it, nominated by Mhairi Halliday
- Saltasaurus, nominated by Sam Lyle
- Sharleen Griteri , nominated by Jacqui Edwards
Many of the names were picked due to the local interest, including Humprhy Clinker the Grit Sprinkler, named after a character in one of Renton author and Poet Tobias Smollet’s books, and Sharleen Griteri, after Texas frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri, who was brought up in Balloch and attended Vale of Leven Academy.
The newly-branded trucks will be out gritting West Dunbartonshire’s roads all through winter.
Councillor Iain McLaren, convener of infrastructure, regeneration and economic development, said: “With more than 300 entries, it was extremely difficult to pick just eight names, and so many of the suggestions really made us laugh. I hope the winners feel proud when they see the gritter they named out on the streets.”