Put your thinking caps on and try for the best pun you can.

Right then folks, here’s an opportunity that doesn’t present itself every day.

Monday, 15th February 2021, 5:03 pm
Updated Monday, 15th February 2021, 5:03 pm
Fancy your chances at naming a gritter?

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is looking for public submissions to help name the five unnamed gritting lorries serving the Isle of Harris.

The CNES roads team have already named one of the Harris Gritters, Snow Shifter and the four Lewis Gritters; Snowvid 19, Snow Bad Cove, It’s Snow bother to us and Bennys Baby.

One of the Comhairle’s Lewis gritting contractors previously ran a competition to name their gritters; Snow-mo-peel, Margrit and Gritty Gritty Bang Bang.

All name submissions can be sent by personal message to the Comhairle Facebook page or in writing to Communications Team, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Sandwick Road, Stornoway, HS1 2BW. We wonder if they’ll accept ours: True Grit – The Western.

So far this season all gritters in Lewis and Harris have gritted around 23000 miles and spread over 5000 tonnes of salt. Gritters in Uist and Barra have gritted nearly 7000 miles and spread nearly 2000 tonnes of salt.

Drivers are reminded that before commencing winter journeys they should:

1. Consider the need to travel

2. Check the forecast

3. Make sure your vehicle is ready for a journey in poor weather

4. Consider what you might need in an emergency

5. Allow extra time

Winter roads maintenance policy: www.cne-siar.gov.uk/roads-travel-and-parking/roads-maintenance-winter-gritting/​​​​​​​