First Minister presented with hand-made Bute tartans

First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond receives a collection of tartans hand-woven on Bute from the party's Isle of Bute branch chair Isobel Strong and the panel's creator Moira Dalgetty.
First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond receives a collection of tartans hand-woven on Bute from the party's Isle of Bute branch chair Isobel Strong and the panel's creator Moira Dalgetty.

Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond was presented with a collection of Scottish tartans hand-made on Bute at the Scottish National Party’s annual conference recently.

The creations are the work of Moira Dalgetty, a member of the party’s Isle of Bute branch, who has made a series of panels from tartan cut into strips and then hand-woven into unique pictures.

Councillor Isobel Strong, the chair of the SNP’s Isle of Bute branch, said: “As the local SNP branch were so impressed by Moira’s work we decided to rent a stall at the annual onference in Perth and display some of her creations

“It was very well received, and many were sold. We decided to present one to the First Minister to display in Bute House, as they were made in Bute, and some have been taken to the United States where they have been quite a hit.

“Some will also be displayed in various galleries including the Castle Gallery in Rothesay.

“The theme of Moira’s creations is ‘unity’ - bringing all the tartans of many different clans together in one place. We thought the campaign for a ‘no’ vote in the independence referendum shouldn’t have a monopoly on the word!”