The authority has 25 gritters, with three in reserve. It wants the currently 'anonymous' vehicles to have names ‘they can wear with pride next winter’.

Cornwall's portfolio holder for transport, Richard Williams-Pears, said: ‘Cornwall’s gritters have completed almost 750 runs so far this season, covering more than 27,000 miles already.

‘We think it’s better when they have a good name behind them and so are calling on our residents to help us with some Cornish-themed suggestions. Family friendly, of course!

‘There are your Gritney Spears, Spreadie Mercuries and, who can forget Gritty McGritface, but we want our gritters to reflect Cornwall’s distinctiveness.

‘You can draw inspiration from the heroes, places, legends and festivals that are unique to our home.’

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