Annual gritter blessing at St James’ Church

Rev David Newlove blessing the gritter at St James' Church, Louth.
Rev David Newlove blessing the gritter at St James' Church, Louth.

Blessings were bestowed on Lincolnshire’s gritters last week at ceremonies at the county’s depots, with a special ceremony for Manby’s depot taking place at St James’ Church, Louth.

Reverend David Newlove blessed a mini gritter at the Church last Monday (November 16).

The annual ceremony plays a significant part in the county’s winter preparations, which include assessing salt stocks and test driving the gritters before icy weather sets in.

The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, said: “The annual blessing of the gritting teams is an opportunity to thank them for their hard work, heading out in all weathers and at all hours to make the roads as safe as possible for the public to use.

“Many people in Lincolnshire live in rural areas and rely on the roads being gritted during the 
cold weather.”

Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transport,at Lincolnshire County Council, added:

“All 43 of our gritters are ready to head out and take on the challenges that this winter could bring to our roads, and the blessings will see our teams through the colder months ahead.”