Eastbourne school pupils have shown some true grit in conjuring up a series of imaginative names to add a touch of glamour to the county’s highways fleet.
After one of its gritters was christened ‘Blades Of Glory’, East Sussex County Council set the challenge to youngsters to come up with imaginative names for the remaining 23 vehicles in the fleet.
Winning entries – three of which were provided by schools in Eastbourne – included names referencing the world’s most famous Olympian, a martial arts legend and the Spice Girls.
As a result, vehicles bearing the names ‘Usain Salt’, ‘Truck Norris’ and ‘Girl Plougher’ will be among those criss-crossing the roads of East Sussex during the next cold spell, brightening up the sometimes prosaic world of preparing frost-bound roads.
The newly-christened trucks, freshly-painted with their new names, are being taken to the winning schools to allow the youngsters to see the results of their creative flair.
Among the first to be visited were Roselands Infant School, in Woodgate Road, where reception class pupils came up with the dinosaur-inspired named ‘Grittersaurus’, and Heron Park Primary Academy, in Dallington Road, where youngsters received a visit from ‘Grittney Spears’.
Roger Williams, county council head of highways, said, “When we launched the competition we hoped it would give the children a chance to get creative and to give them a sense of ownership of the gritters which help keep the county’s roads safe.
“We were flooded with entries and were really impressed with the wit and creativity they’ve shown in coming up with names.
“The visits we’ve carried out so far have been really well received and the children love seeing the gritters turn up and having a look at the vehicles they named.”
Another school in line for a visit is The Haven VA CE Methodist Primary School, in Atlantic Drive, where youngsters came up with the name ‘Slush Puppy’.