Artist creates Scottish independence dinner plates

The independence referendum plates designed by Leigh Chorlton, which have sold for �600. Pic: submitted
The independence referendum plates designed by Leigh Chorlton, which have sold for �600. Pic: submitted
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It’s the must-have dinner set for the independence referendum – although even the designer admitted they were meant to look like ‘tat’.

Artist Leigh Chorlton has created a set of political plates carrying the images of First Minister Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and Alistair Darling, amongst others.

“I wanted to make something that looks like tat that you’d find on the Royal Mile in a tourist shop,” said Mr Chorlton. “It was unbiased. There are three from the independence side and three from the Unionist side. It’s tongue in cheek.”

The set – priced at £600 – has already been gobbled up. Buyer Irene Thomson is a decades-long SNP and independence supporter.

“I thought the artist’s concepts were interesting,” said Thomson. “I support independence, but I wanted to think about what the artist was doing.”

Mr Chorlton has suggested which traditional Scottish fare should be served in each politician. Surprisingly, Mr Salmond isn’t paired with his favourite, a spicy takeaway curry, even though his image clearly depicts him before he took up the radical 5-2 weight-loss diet.