God bless Grantham’s gritters!

Blessing of the gritters at Ancaster. (Back)L\R; James Hill, Darren Shaw, Simon Ingomels, Andrew Ismanyckyj, Nick Singleton. (Front)L\R; Rev Martin Amery, Bob Allen, Alan Littlewood, David Hitchcock. 930B
Blessing of the gritters at Ancaster. (Back)L\R; James Hill, Darren Shaw, Simon Ingomels, Andrew Ismanyckyj, Nick Singleton. (Front)L\R; Rev Martin Amery, Bob Allen, Alan Littlewood, David Hitchcock. 930B

GRITTERS serving the Grantham area were blessed at an annual religious ceremony.

The Rev Alan Littlewood and the Rev Martin Amery held a special service at the depot in Ancaster last Wednesday, blessing the gritters, gritting vehicles and all who use the county’s roads throughout the winter.

Councillor William Webb, executive member for highways and transport at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Each year our crew of dedicated drivers is on standby, ready to go out in some of the worst weather conditions imaginable, determined to make a difference on the roads and keep Lincolnshire moving.

“The annual blessings for their safety serve as a poignant reminder to us all that we should not take safety on the roads for granted.

“Although we salt around a third of our roads as a priority, motorists should always drive to the conditions and remember that there will be occasions when salt may not be effective – it can help, but it is not a cure.”

A leaflet detailing the priority salting routes and advice on winter driving is available at Grantham Library or by visiting www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/grittingroutes