Council Gritter Named ‘Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney’ After Public Poll


Remember when Boaty McBoatface happened last year? When a new scientific ship for research in the Antarctica decided the best way to name their new boat was by poll and the public went for Boaty McBoatface. The scientists weren’t so keen on the name and changed their minds – renaming the boat the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

But let’s face it, he has enough things named after him.

But Doncaster Council is way more fun than those boring scientists.

They name all their road equipment in the same style. They’ve got two gritters (very important in the upcoming winter) Gritney Spears and Usain Salt.

Credit: Doncaster Council

But they were set to outdo themselves for gritters number three and four.

Doncaster held a poll for the names Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney’ or ‘Spready Mercury’, and the other ‘Basil Salty’ or ‘David Plowie’.

Epic names.

And then, in the name of fairness, they had a live draw, putting ping pong balls in a bowl (technical) and then picking them out at random, taking the names out of the running one by one.

The tension was palpable:

And really, it’s rather fitting that David Plowie won the first – it’s what David Bowie would have wanted. I hope he’s enjoying this from beyond the grave.

‘Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney’ came out on top for the second vehicle name.

Doncaster council followed the announcement up by claiming that they are now going to throw the ‘biggest party local has ever seen’.

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