Town dubs salt-spreading vehicles 'David Plowie,' 'Gritsy Bitsy'

By Ben Hooper  |  Nov. 20, 2017 at 12:13 PM
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Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A British town that asked the public to name its new salt-spreading vehicles announced the results: "David Plowie" and "Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney."

England's Doncaster Council held a series of "World Cup" Twitter polls to allow the public to name the gritter vehicles, which plow snow and spread salt on icy roads, after collecting suggestions from the public and convening a "comedy panel" of civil servants to compile a shortlist.

The names chosen by the polls were "David Plowie" and "Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney."

The names beat out other suggestions including "Spready Mercury," "Grit Van Dyke," "Walter the Salter," "Basil Salty" and "Gritney Houston."

The gritters join a fleet of named vehicles in the town that already included "Mr. Plow," "The Subzero Hero," "Gritney Spears," "Brad Grit" and "Usain Salt."

"It's amazing that so many people have got involved in our gritter naming competition, and some of the suggestions are brilliant," Deputy Mayor Glyn Jones told the BBC. "We look forward to Usain Salt, David Plowie and the rest of the gang keeping our roads safe this winter."

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