Gritters blessed in ceremony

Gritters being blessed by Rev Ian Evans at Boston's Chain Bridge LCC Highways depot.'L-R Rev Ian Evans, Jasper Barnham, Alan Spinks, Martyn Allen, Pete Smith, Lauren Brown, Pete Brumby, Chris Baldwin.

Gritters being blessed by Rev Ian Evans at Boston's Chain Bridge LCC Highways depot.'L-R Rev Ian Evans, Jasper Barnham, Alan Spinks, Martyn Allen, Pete Smith, Lauren Brown, Pete Brumby, Chris Baldwin.

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BLESSINGS for the safety of gritters and the teams who crew them have taken place across the county.

The ceremony in Boston was held at Lincolnshire County Council’s depot in Chain Bridge Road, with prayers from the Rev Ian Evans.

Coun William Webb executive member for highways and transport, said: “Each year our crew of dedicated drivers is on standby, ready to go out in some of the worst weather conditions imaginable, determined to make a difference on the roads and keep Lincolnshire moving. The annual blessings for their safety serve as a poignant reminder to us all that we should not take safety on the roads for granted. Although we salt around a third of our roads as a priority, motorists should always drive to the conditions and remember that there will be occasions when salt may not be effective – it can help, but it is not a cure.”

The blessings are supported by county council highways, Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, Lincolnshire Police and Churches Together in All Lincolnshire.