Move over Gritney Spears it's time to meet Spread Sheerhan

Move over Gritney Spears it's time to meet Spread Sheerhan

Published by Grace Mcgachy
12:57pm 15th January 2020.

These Fenland kids really got creative in this competition set by Cambridgeshire County Council. 

They were set the task of coming up with names for a new fleet of gritters. 

So make way Grittney Spears, Brad Grit and Usain Salt… Sheriff of Grittingham, Stephen Thawking, David Grittenborough and Spread Sheeran and crew are the new gritters in town.


Cambridgeshire Highways' fleet of 37 gritters have been given fresh new names by pupils around the county who took part in the 'name the gritters' competition.

The county-wide contest was launched in all primary schools to rename the rest of the fleet, as part of the County Council's road safety work with schools. 
The judges were looking for innovation, imagination and of course, humour and the participants didn't disappoint, coming up with a wide range of witty wintery puns on popular personalities and traditional characters. 
In total, Cambridgeshire Highways received over 600 name suggestions from around 70 schools and the judges - three road safety officers - had the hard task to choose the 36 winning names. 

Starting Primary School


  • Name of Gritter
  • Buzz Ice Year
  • Sheriff of Grittingham
  • Grit King
  • Grunty
  • Grityanna Jones and the Temple of Salt
  • Alfred the Gritter
  • Mr Snow Stopper


  • Cool Gritannia
  • Alexander the Grit
  • The Mighty Thaw
  • Snow Chance
  • Grittington Bear
  • Hello Gritty
  • Captain Frosty
  • Sir Ice -ac-Newton
  • Stephen THAWking


  • Snow Way Hozay
  • Snow Be Gone Kenobi
  • Meltasaurus Rex
  • Salt-anna
  • David Grittenborough
  • Grit the Road Jack
  • Gritty McMelterson
  • Benjamin Gritten
  • Bear Grits
  • Spread Sheeran


  • Jack DeFrost
  • Maximus Grittus
  • Lord Saltimort
  • Jodie Grittaker        
  • Grand Master Gritter
  • Snow Joke
  • Oliver Gritwell
  • No slip the Grit
  • Father Gritter

Cambridgeshire County Council's Chair of the Highways and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter said:

"Our gritters play an incredibly important role in keeping the main roads clear throughout the colder months.

This naming competition is part of our yearly engagement with schools on road safety, it is a fun, engaging way to familiarise children with the vehicles and their drivers and the fantastic job they do in all weather conditions day or night.  

There have been some real witty suggestions from our primary schools and choosing the winners was difficult, but we would like to thank all the children and their schools for taking part in the competition and we are looking forward to welcoming the winners at our depots to officially unveil the new names.

Look out for Bear Grits, Alexander the Grit and Lord Saltimort and their crew as they hit our  roads to help fight against any winter beasts that cross the county this winter."

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