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Gangsta Granny Gritter set to hit the roads in Inverness29 Mar 2018


- ‘Local hero’ Kyle Mackay, eight, inspired by Walliams’ book character in choice of name for BEAR Scotland gritter


- Kyle visits BEAR Scotland Inverness depot to see his newly-named gritter up close


Kyle Mackay, the eight-year-old who was praised recently by Scotland’s Transport Minister Humza Yousaf for helping clear pavements of snow and ice in his home village of Kiltarlity, has unveiled a new name for one of BEAR Scotland’s winter vehicles on a visit to its Inverness depot today [Thursday 29 March].

Gangsta Granny Gritter was named by Kyle after a character from his favourite book, written by David Walliams. 

The gritter is one of BEAR Scotland’s 32-tonne, eight-wheeler vehicles – one of the largest in the UK. Kyle and members of the public will be able to track Gangsta Granny Gritter’s whereabouts via Traffic Scotland’s online Gritter Tracker as it helps clear trunk roads across Inverness and the North West of Scotland for years to come.

Kevin Campbell, BEAR Scotland Winter Manager for the North West of Scotland said: “We have been extremely impressed by Kyle’s initiative and determination to keep his home village safe during the recent bad weather. His community spirit is to his and his family’s credit. We were thrilled to offer him the opportunity to visit our depot and name one of our gritters.” 

Kyle’s mother, Allana Mackay, added: “Kyle was over the moon to have the chance to name one of BEAR Scotland’s winter gritters after his favourite character. We’re grateful to BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland for the opportunity to do so and I know Kyle can’t wait to see it out on the road!”

BEAR Scotland is responsible for managing and maintaining the trunk roads in the north of Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland. Other named gritters in BEAR’s winter fleet include ‘Mr. Plow’, ‘Gritallica’ and ‘Ready, Spready, Go!’.


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