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Published: 09 November 2019

By Andy Ross

A link between music and textiles

In 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed Everest, the former sporting a jumper from Adies of Voe.

The Everest Jumper, as it became known, was warm and soft, and became famous after that feat of endurance. Jumpers were sent all over the world so imagine my excitement when I uncovered a wonderful nugget in my recent research. 

In a box, which has not been catalogued yet, from the Shetland Museum and Archives, I found two small pieces of paper. One looks as though it was attached to a cheque or some other payment for the second, which is an invoice for an Everest Jumper costing the princely sum of £3.06. Dated July 1972, the invoice is to a certain Benjamin Britten, the English composer who lived in Aldeburgh. Mr Britten apparently bought an Everest Jumper from Adies in 1972 and, from the looks of it, paid for the garment too! How exciting is that for a singer to find?