Fun twist for Kent's gritters

Kent is getting ready for the winter weather by unveiling its new fleet of gritters - all to be given highly amusing names.

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Meet the Snowminator

It's not often you get asked to name a council gritting lorry but that's what's happening in Kent over the next week. A competition's being run for children to give amusing, snow-themed names to the county council's fleet of winter gritters.

The "Snowminator" has already been christened, to get things rolling; other suggestions include Auntie Freeze and Snow Farrah. Ruje Yasmin reports, speaking to Carol Valentine and Cllr David Brazier, both from Kent County Council.

'Usain Salt' could keep Kent's roads snow free

As winter approaches and the cold weather starts to set in, Kent County Council is gearing up for snow.

They have launched a range of new snow gritters - all to be given humorous snow-related names

Last winter saw more than 32,000 tonnes of salt spread on the county's busiest routes - more than 2,300 miles of road.

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The Snowminator introduced to Kent roads

Kent's fleet of 60 gritters are being introduced with their own personalities thanks to the county's school kids. "Gritney Spears", "Snowminator" and "Usain Salt" could be out gritting Kent's road this winter if put forward in Kent County Council's "Name the Gritter" competition.

David Johns speaks to Kent County Council about the amusing initiative.

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