Remember when the Natural Environmental Research Council invited the British public to name their new £200 million vessel – and the most popular suggestion was Boaty McBoatface?
(Usain Bolt, Ice Ice Baby and Notthetitanic were also quite popular.)
You’d have thought that was a lesson learned never to ask normal people to name things.
Apparently not. Not if you are Oldham Council.
They decided to to invite the general public to come up with a name for their new gritter.
Yes, a gritter. (Those things that drop grit on the road after it’s snowed. Usually two days after we’ve all gone A over T anyway.)
And – guess what – Twitter didn’t disappoint. There was an outpouring of pun-tastic suggestions that made us feel proud of being British all over again.