Roads gritter named Nicole Saltslinger in honour of X Factor judge

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After an avalanche of interest Oldham has named its new council roads gritter Nicole Saltslinger in honour of the X Factor judge.

The name was chosen by Eve McGrath, aged 10, who came up with the name as a fan of the Saturday night show and former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger.

Council bosses had asked local primary school children to think of a fitting name for the new addition to the fleet of gritters that keep local roads moving during the winter.

Entries snowballed with hundreds to chose from including Gritney Houston and Spready Eddie.

Eve made the trip down to the council depot for a special naming ceremony.

Councillor Fida Hussain said: "Firstly we'd like to thank Eve for coming up with such a great name. We're delighted with how well the competition took off."

It is not known if Scherzinger is aware of her honour from Oldham.