Pupils meet Gritter Garbo and Grit Britain

ALEX BISSET
ALEX BISSET

Nine Scottish Borders Council gritting vehicles will tackle the winter weather with new names following a region-wide school competition.

A winner was selected in each of the nine high school cluster areas after a contest was held for P4 to P7 pupils to come up with the best winter related names for the gritters.

Eccles and Leitholm primary pupils with 'Gritter Garbo'

Eccles and Leitholm primary pupils with 'Gritter Garbo'

Chosen from thousands of entries by the local integrated police officers, the winning names have been printed on the vehicles which will then visit the respective school where the winning pupil and their class will also be presented with a framed photograph.

Alex Bisset of Eccles/Leitholm Primary School christened the Berwickshire machine Gritter Garbo, while the Eyemouth gritter was named Grit Britain by Ayton Primary School’s Quentin Strang.

The competition was organised by the council’s Safer Routes to School Team and was run within each school by the Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs).

Councillor Gordon Edgar, executive member for roads and infrastructure at SBC, said: “Our gritting fleet do a vital job of keeping the region moving during winter weather.

“This competition received a tremendous response from school pupils across the Borders and while it was good fun, it also helped to educate the children on how and when we decide to treat routes during cold spells.

“I am delighted this competition has been a success and hope to see it become an annual event.”