To those about to grit we salute you

Gritter Blessing in Manby with the Rev Newlove.
Gritter Blessing in Manby with the Rev Newlove.

Blessings were bestowed on Lincolnshire’s gritters on Monday at ceremonies at each of the county’s eight depots, including the one serving the Leader area at Manby.

The annual ceremony plays a meaningful 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 in all weathers and at all hours to make the roads as safe as possible.

“Many Lincolnshire people live in rural areas, and are grateful for the gritted roads when it comes to getting to the shops, doctors, or even checking on family and friends during the colder months. At the ceremony, we will bless the equipment and pray for the teams’ safety.”

County Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transport, said: “All 43 of our gritters are ready to take on the challenges that this winter could bring to our roads, and the Bishop’s blessing will see our teams through the colder months ahead.

“However, there are occasions when salt won’t completely clear the road, so we’d like to remind motorists to drive safely this winter and stay up-to-date with weather conditions and the latest information on the roads.

“Don’t forget, you can always find out more by following @LincsCC_roads on Twitter for the latest.”