Cumbria County Council honours Max the wonder dog and name gritting lorry after him.

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THE Council is to personalise its gritting lorries in the county, starting with one of Cumbria’s most celebrated animals. Cumbria county council, made the announced yesterday, that a truck will be re-dedicated, with the name Maxi Moo’ver, after Max the miracle dog. The council said: “Please give a warm welcome to the first named gritter in our winter fleet – Maxi Moo’ver, named after the amazing Max the Miracle Dog.”

Max if famous for being the most followed English Spaniel on social media and is the canine ambassador for Keswick and south lakes. It’s the first time that a celebrity dog has been honoured on the side of any county council owned asset. Max has gone onto help raise money for three well known charities since rising to fame: Mind – the mental health charity, along with the PDSA – helping vets save pets, and ‘Fix the Fells,’ who protect and maintain the erosion of upland footpaths throughout the Lake District.

As the weather continues to rise and fall, the council said: “Gritters will be on standby for overnight low temperatures as and when they arise on the counties roads.”

Cumbria Gritters revealed that 2,200 miles of Cumbria’s roads were treated with 176 tonnes of salt in just one night in January and were out in force again in early March, making sure Cumbrian roads were safe, when sleet and snow showers covered the higher ground.

Cumbria County Council’s gritter service tweeted a snow level, letting residents know that 13 gritters were working to make roads safe.The tweet read “Sleet and snow showers will push eastwards with snow expected to accumulate on higher roads. “There may be icy patches in places.” This affected the A592 – from Brotherswater to Troutbeck (Kirkstone Pass) and the A686 – from Melmerby to Alston (Hartside Pass) in March.