‘Gritter Thunberg’ chosen as name for new Manchester salt-spreader

The names were decided by the public

Thursday, January 9, 2020

“Gritter Thunberg” and “Snowel Gallagher” are among the names of a fleet of eight new gritters in Manchester that have been named by the public following a Twitter poll.

The names reference teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg, Mancunian Oasis legend Noel Gallagher, as well as a host of other well known names.

Manchester City Council’s appeal for name suggestions received more than 2,000 entries and the top 24 were then put to the public to determine the most popular.

The council said the response was “overwhelming” with suggestions ranging “from the witty to the downright corny”.

The winning names were: Basil Salty, Grit Astley, Gritter Thunberg, Slushay Away, Snowbi-Gone Kenobi, Snowel Gallagher, Spreaddie Flintoff and Spreaddie Mercury.

Councillor Angeliki Stogia, an executive member for the environment, planning and transport, said: “So many suggestions were received that it was hard to whittle them down.

“But the public decided on some cracking names for our new gritters - including a Mancunian connection in 'Snowel Gallagher'.

“Our investment in these vehicles will help to ensure that our roads, footways and cycle lanes are kept safe and accessible in the face of harsh weather.”

The council said “track my gritter” technology will soon be available on its website, allowing Manchester residents to check if one of the gritters has been salting their area.

Ms Stogia added that she hoped the new vehicles would spread “a little cheer, as well as grit, throughout the winter months”.

“I'm also proud that we are one of the first councils to introduce innovative ways in which residents can find out in real time about our winter service, through the use of new technology.”

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