Borders pupils have the grit in new school contest

Published: Thursday, 27th November 2014

Nine of our gritting vehicles will tackle the winter weather with new names following a Borders-wide school competition.

A winner was selected in each of the nine high school cluster areas after the contest was held among primary four to seven pupils across the region to come up with the best winter related title.

How was the winners chosen?

  • From thousands of entries by the local integrated police officers, the winning names have been printed on the vehicles which will then visit the respective school, where the winning pupil and their class will also be presented with a framed photograph.
  • The first winner was Kamal Aziz from Philiphaugh Community School in Selkirk, who was visited by the gritter which he entitled Gritter Spitter 3000.
  • The competition was organised by the Council’s Safer Routes to School Team and was run within each school by the Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs).

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“Our gritting fleet do a vital job of keeping the region moving during winter weather.

“This competition received a tremendous response from school pupils across the Borders and while it was good fun, it also helped to educate the children on how and when we decide to treat routes during cold spells.

“I am delighted this competition has been a success and hope to see it become an annual event.”

Full list of winners

  • Berwickshire – Gritter Garbo; Alex Bisset, Eccles/Leitholm Primary School
  • Earlston – Sub Zero Hero; Josh Turner, Melrose Primary School
  • Eyemouth – Grit Britain; Quentin Strang, Ayton Primary School
  • Galashiels – The Winter Soldier; Kieran Linford, Stow Primary School
  • Hawick – Border Blaster; Fraser Casson, Wilton Primary School
  • Jedburgh – Salt ‘n’ Shake; Carys Williams, Howdenburn Primary School
  • Kelso – Great Grizzly Gritter; Molly Howlett, Sprouston Primary School
  • Peebles – Snow Farah; Max Ryall, West Linton Primary School
  • Selkirk – Gritter Spitter 3000; Kamal Aziz, Philiphaugh Community School

More information

Images of today’s event are available at our Flickr page.

We have more information on our winter gritting routes and other winter advice.