The Scots as a whole are generally proud of their castles, whisky, rolling hills and bagpipes. But another of Scotland's claims to fame divides opinions — the deep-fried Mars Bar.

A fish and chip shop in Stonehaven, in Scotland's north-east, proudly claims to be the birthplace of the now internationally renowned snack.

The shop recently found itself targeted by the local council, who were concerned about the merits for the local community of promoting a chocolate bar dipped in batter.

Over the years — and it has been more than two decades — I have weathered a few deep-fried Mars Bar jokes.

The product, if you can call it that, is said to have been born in 1992 when a schoolboy requested one at the Haven fish bar, now trading as the Carron, in Stonehaven near Aberdeen.

The above reminded me of the following from somewhat earlier than 1992,