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Sunday, September 26, 2010
Bullet-proof tweed – the ideal gift for Dick Cheney's hunting partners
It is just what Dick Cheney’s hunting partner would have wanted when the former Vice President mistakenly shot him instead of a quail.
, Scottish Political Editor
Published: 1:49PM BST 26 Sep 2010
Dick Cheney hunting quail
Tweed, the hard-wearing fabric favoured by the landed gentry, has been adapted into bullet-proof clothing.
A Scottish textiles company has launched a range of jackets and waistcoats, complete with body armour sown into the fabric, in an effort to stop sportsmen being injured.
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In the most famous example of the perils of hunting game, Mr Cheney injured his friend, Harry Whittington, by spraying him with shotgun pellets during a shoot at a Texas ranch in 2006.
However, Jack Ellis, the Angus-based firm behind the new garments, is also targeting them at Russian oligarchs keen to protect themselves from assassination attempts.
Stewart Liddell, the company’s sales director, said they will appeal to “an ever-expanding market” despite costing between £600 and £1,000 each.
“The bullet-proof tweed is ideal for shooting parties on Scotland’s grouse moors. Every season you hear of an accidental shooting,” he said.
“Now nervous gamekeepers can provide clients with extra protection, especially from trigger-happy Italians who get excited on the moors.
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