Blessing bestowed on area’s gritters

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Blessings have been bestowed on gritters stationed in Spalding.

Ceremonies took place yesterday at each of the county’s eight depots – with the Bishop of Lincoln, the Right Rev Christopher Lowson, being welcomed to the Sturton-by-Stow depot. The Rev Peter Garland conducted the ceremony at Pode Hole.

The annual ceremonies play a meaningful part in the county’s winter preparations, which include assessing salt stocks and test-driving the gritters before icy weather sets in.

Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Rev Christopher Lowson, said: “The annual blessing of the gritting teams is an opportunity to thank them for their hard work in all weathers and at all hours to make the roads as safe as possible.

“Many people live in rural areas, and are grateful for the gritted roads when it comes to getting to the shops, doctors, or even checking on family and friends during the colder months. At the ceremony, we will bless the equipment and pray for the teams’ safety.”