Gritney Spears gets on the road, thanks to Barnham schoolchildren

Pupils at Barnham Primary School celebrate their gritter-naming success.

Pupils at Barnham Primary School celebrate their gritter-naming success.

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A BARNHAM girl’s imagination saw a gritter brought to life.

Jazmine Goddings, who attends Barnham Primary School, was named one of the winners in a county-wide competition to name one of West Sussex County Council’s brand- new gritters.

The 11-year-old’s name, Gritney Spears was a firm favourite among the judges.

“I don’t know how I thought of it really. It just popped into my head and I told one of the teachers. It has been a surprise to win,” said Jazmine.

As part of her prize Jazmine was awarded £100 of high street vouchers and a special visit by the newly- christened vehicle. Drivers working for county council contractor Balfour Beatty pulled up outside the school.

Jazmine and her classmates were shown around the gritter, and listened to a road safety talk.

The pupils were told about the importance of making themselves seen during the winter months, and how bigger vehicles, like gritters, had blindspots which meant they needed to take extra care around them.

The name-a-gritter competition was run jointly by West Sussex County Council road safely, Balfour Beatty and Living Places.