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Kilted mask-wearing shortbread men baked by Ashers


By Chris Saunderson

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A BAKERY has produced a shortbread twist on a classic product to reinforce the mask-wearing message.

Ashers, which has bakeries and cafés located across the Highlands and Moray, has introduced new “Law Abiding Scots” – wee masked and kilted shortbread people!

The kilted figures have been reinforcing the mask-wearing message.
The kilted figures have been reinforcing the mask-wearing message.

The Law Abiding Scots are a funny and tasty, coronavirus twist on Ashers’ long-standing MacGingers, which are made with gingerbread and wear a kilt, while the new figures are made with shortbread and wear a face mask as well as a kilt.

However, the new shortbread scots biscuits are causing a stir on social media with a big public debate on Ashers’ Facebook post arising around the topical subject of wearing face masks.

Ali Asher said “We’ve largely had positive feedback on our new products which were simply a new product development with what is intended as a fun representation of the current conditions we are living in.

"We had not expected the debate that it opened on our Facebook post launching the new products. We certainly do not want to offend anyone who is anti-wearing a face mask and they have every right to their opinion on the matter as do people who are pro-wearing face masks. We just ask that people are kind and respectful to each other.”

Linda Donn with some of the shortbread men.
Linda Donn with some of the shortbread men.

Many people with medical conditions are permitted not to wear a face covering in shops and on public transport.

Like all local businesses, Ashers has been gradually re-opening shops under the “new normal” environment. Most shops are now open again but opening hours are constantly being reviewed to meet customer needs and keep staff safe.

Ashers was established in 1877 by James Asher and is managed today by brothers George and Alister Asher.

It employs around 150 people at their bakery in Nairn and across their 12 shops located in the Highlands and Moray.


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