Orangefield pupils christen gritters as icy weather comes
Six creative youngsters from Orangefield Primary School will see the fruits of their labour emblazoned onto gritters that will travel over 125km of strategic roads in Northern Ireland this winter, as they attempt to deal with the predicted icy conditions that are to hit the country.
Chris Lyttle, Alliance Party Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for east Belfast, helped judge a ‘name the gritter’ art competition on Friday, December 2.
The competition was hosted by leading services provider Amey at the school which is based in the Castlereagh area.
The pupils from primary five, six and seven were asked to draw a winter themed picture incorporating an Amey gritter.
They also supplied a name they would like to call one of the gritter vehicles operating on the 125km of strategic roads Amey manage if they won.
The winners included two pupils from each primary year – Caleb Clarke (P5) who chose ‘Gritty Gritty Bang Bang’ as their gritter name, Dani McFarland (P5) picked ‘Snow Patrol’, Ruth Hagans (P6) decided on ‘Fluffy’, Lily Thompson (P6) went for ‘Baubles’, Sarah McDonald (P7) chose ‘Gritter Spitter’ and Sian Sloan (P7) liked ‘Ice Buster’.
Chris Lyttle MLA said, “This fun competition is a great way to help educate children on winter gritting activities. The winning pupils are really excited about having their chosen name showing on the front of the gritter vehicle while they are out gritting the roads this winter”.
The competition was also judged by Stephen Long and Damien Toner from Amey.
The strategic roads Amey operates include large parts of the M1 and its slip roads, as well as sections of the Al, A4 and A101. Amey’s responsibilities include litter picking, carriageway repairs, snow ploughing and gritting activities. For more information please see Amey Winter Facts attachment.
Stephen Long who heads up the team that carries out facilities management services in five schools in Belfast, including Orangefield Primary School said,:“The standard of work that the pupils produced today was excellent. Having already focused on young drivers, general motorists and vulnerable groups, this fun competition is one of a number of activities Amey has undertaken since October to help Northern Ireland get ready for winter.”
Sian Sloan, one of the competition winners from Orangefield Primary School said: “I’m really happy that I won and that one of the gritters will be called Ice Buster”.
Ernie Long, Orangefield Primary School principal said: “The pupils were thrilled to be involved in this art competition, it was a great way to make them aware of the gritting services Amey is delivering this winter.”