Suggestions for names came in thick and fast after Doncaster Council ran a viral online poll.

Two gritters procured by Doncaster Council have been named Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney and David Plowie following a Twitter poll which saw a flurry of entries.

The Doncaster Council account was snowed under by over 40,000 suggestions from Twitter users, including comedians Rufus Hound and Bob Mortimer, as well as American singer Curtis Sigers.

David Plowie and ‘Gritsy Bitsy’ ploughed through a number of qualifying rounds to join the Council’s existing fleet of five gritters; Brad Grit, Gritney Spears, The Subzero Hero, Mr Plow and Usain Salt.

Other name suggestions included Gritney Houston, Spready Mercury, and Basil Salty.

The authority said it was “delighted” with the result.

Both machines have been provided by Lancashire-based Multihog, who have been established within the highways, grounds and winter maintenance and airport industry since 2010. Whilst David Plowie is a more conventional gritter, ‘Gritsy Bitsy’ is considered the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of municipal equipment, according to a statement from Multihog.

“As [Gritsy Bitsy] accepts different attachments on the front and rear, the Multihog [vehicle] can be transformed into anything from a lean pothole mending machine to a confident grass cutter.

“In fact, the same Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney who took over Twitter has permanently repaired more than 10,000m2 of potholes in and around Doncaster within the last six months.

“Busy Gritsy Bitsy does this in addition to its de-icing duties making Doncaster one efficient and versatile operation.”

Gary Willmot, Highways Operations Manager, Doncaster Council, said: “We trialled several different machines that offer a range of repair methods before settling on the Multihog. For us, it is about repairing it right at the first time of asking to reduce disruption and long-term costs associated with repeat repairs. The versatility of the machine makes us even more adaptable.”

Speaking to BBC News, Deputy Mayor Glyn Jones said: “It is amazing that so many people have got involved in our gritter naming competition, and some of the suggestions are brilliant. We look forward to Usain Salt, David Plowie and the rest of the gang keeping our roads safe this winter.”

‘Gritsy Bitsy’ will make its TV debut on the One Show at 7pm tonight (Monday 27 November), participating in the #PotholeWars, with the aim of “exploring the different types of repairs available [for potholes], from specialist spraying systems to more permanent long-lasting fixes.”

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