"This has been a fantastic and fun way to share the message of winter safety with the children. Its amazing to be able to support our local community."
Vicky Lopez, De-Ice
The past few years have seen some fantastic names for gritters across the country - from Gritty McGritface and David Plowie, to Usain Salt. But the latest and greatest is #RuleGritannia.
This was the winning name following a competition between schools within The Eveleigh LINK Academy Trust, to name one of De-ice’s winter gritting lorries.
Essex-based winter gritting and risk management company, De-ice, presented a £100 cheque, some bags of salt and a snow shovel to the children at Purleigh Primary School – in readiness for the winter ahead, and to help keep the playground and entrance safer during ice and snow.
Children across the five schools took part in a competition to come up with the new name. From ‘Snowflake’ to ‘Spready Krueger’ the competition was fierce, but #RuleGritannia won the day!
Vicky Lopez, founder and director of De-Ice, is passionate about sharing the message of winter safety. She commented: “This has been a fantastic and fun way to share the message of winter safety with the children. They really enjoyed having the lorry on site, sitting in the cab and climbing onto the gantry. It’s amazing to be able to support our local community and #RuleGritannia has already been out on the roads doing some sterling work.”
Joseph Figg, Executive Head Teacher at Purleigh Primary School and CEO of the trust, added: “De-Ice have helped us with clearing snow in the past and have also supported us with salt and grit provision. It was great to work with them on this competition, which the children thoroughly enjoyed.”