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Pupils name SIC gritters

Winners and runners up in the council’s ‘Name a Gritter’ competition, with Roads staff and Councillors. Photo: SIC

SHETLAND Islands Council has announced the winners of a primary school competition to name six local authority gritters. 

The six winning pupils all received a model toy snowplough, ‘gritter crew’ hats and road safety goody bags, while six runners-up received sledges, hats and goody bags.

Six gritters were recently purchased to replace older vehicles in the council’s fleet of 18 winter maintenance vehicles. The gritters are deployed throughout Shetland to carry out winter road treatment and to clear snow when necessary.

SIC environment and transport committee chairman Michael Stout said: “I’d like to congratulate all the pupils whose names were chosen, the runners up, and all those pupils who entered the competition.

For her winning gritter name ‘Snowbelle’, Olivia Campbell (centre) from Bell's Brae Primary School received a model snowplough, goody bag and ‘gritter crew’ hat from councillors Michael Stout (left) and Steven Coutts. Photo: SIC

“These gritters are a major asset to the council, keeping our roads clear and passable in cold weather, and will no doubt be a welcome sight to many in the depths of winter.”

The winners are as follows:

  • “Muckle Ploo”, Alec Robinson, P3 Bells Brae Primary
  • “Snowbelle”, Olivia Campbell, P7 Bells Brae Primary
  • “Yellow Diamond”, Akos Varga, P5 Sandwick JHS
  • “Saalt Puckles”, John Thompson, P3 Urafirth Primary
  • “Frost Fighter”, Ruby Robertson, P7 Happyhansel Primary
  • “Master Melter”, Haakon Marriott, P2 Mid Yell JHS

The runners up are:

  • “Snow Buster”, Jackson Smith, P2/3/4 Sandwick JHS
  • “Sandy Salt”, Thomas Leask, P1/2 Sandwick JHS
  • “Snow Bite”,  Harry D Manson, P5 Brae HS
  • “Moorie” Magnus Brian Anderson, P3 Brae HS
  • “Gritsy Witsy”, Hannah Msalila, P7 Aith JHS
  • “BFG (Big Friendly Gritter)”, Teagan Johnson, P4 Mid Yell JHS