Bishop blesses gritters as the icy weather sets in

The blessing of gritters ahead of the winter season was held at Sturton by Stow by the Bishop of Grimsby Reverent David Court. Picture: Chris Etchells
The blessing of gritters ahead of the winter season was held at Sturton by Stow by the Bishop of Grimsby Reverent David Court. Picture: Chris Etchells

Blessings have been bestowed on Lincolnshire’s gritters with the Bishop of Grimsby, the Right Reverend David Court, being welcomed to the Sturton-by-Stow depot.

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 Grimsby, the Rt Revd David Court, 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 to ensure they can still get to the shops, doctors, or even check on family and friends during cold weather.

“At the ceremony, we will bless the equipment and pray for the teams’ safety.”

Executive Member for Highways and Transport, Coun Richard Davies, said: “With winter just around the corner, our gritters are well-prepared, having been out on training runs and testing out routes that will treat nearly 2,000 miles of county roads.

“The Bishop’s blessing will see our teams through the colder months ahead.

“This year, we have a fleet of 43 gritters, including four of the biggest snow ploughs in the country, dubbed The Beast. Not only do they do a better job, but they’re cheaper to run too.

“We have 35,000 tons of salt ready for use, and will be using new technology to spread it more efficiently.

“But remember: even treated roads can be dangerous, so please take care and drive to the conditions.

“Motorists can find out more by following @LincsCC_roads on Twitter for the latest.”