Blessing at Lincolnshire County Counil gritting depot at Manby

Special blessing ceremonies are taking place across all of the county’s eight gritting depots today, including Manby.

The annual ritual takes place as Lincolnshire County Council continues with its winter maintenance programme and, together with the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, advises motorists to drive to the weather conditions and not assume that even treated roads can be completely safe.

The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, said: “People all over Lincolnshire are enormously grateful for the hard work of those who salt the roads in all hours and in all weathers.

“With many communities some distance from their nearest towns, Lincolnshire roads are depended upon for work, medical appointments, shopping and for visiting family and friends.

“The annual blessing of the work of the gritting teams is an opportunity to thank them for their work, to pray for their safety, and to remind us all of our responsibility to drive carefully for the sake of our own safety and that of others.”

Coun William Webb, Executive Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Our 43 gritters are in top condition and ready for Lincolnshire’s roads this winter, so now it’s time for the Bishop to give his blessing to them as we wish our teams well in the challenging weather that could lie ahead.

“If you see our Gritters when you’re out and about, wish them well too and give the drivers a wave! They do an outstanding job of gritting the roads and helping to make them safer. There are occasions when salt is not as effective as others, so we urge all motorists to always drive to the conditions.”