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89,761.  It’s going ... Did you like that?  Fred Dibhah

 

 

112,090.  Fred Dibnah was born in Lancashire and from his earliest years his heart was set on a life at the top.  Fred Dibnah, Steeplejack, BBC 1979

 

112,091.  Fred has worked on churches for many years.  But the greater glory is and always was – the Chimney.  ibid.

 

112,092.  It’s not so pleasant on a Monday morning when it’s cold and the wind’s blowing.  ibid.

 

112,093.  You get addicted to ’em [chimneys]  ibid.

 

112,094.  You only fall off one of them once, like.  ibid.

 

112,095.  Four hundred for little’ un and five hundred for big ‘un.  ibid.  Fred quotes for demolition of two chimneys

 

 

112,096.  From his earliest years Fred Dibnah, the Bolton steeplejack, hero-worshipped the men who worked up factory chimneys.  He loved the cotton industry, the mills and the steam engines, the noise, the smoke and the pride.  (Steeplejack & Engineering & Steam)  Fred Dibnah, A Year With Fred s1e1: Monuments of the Dark Ages, BBC 1987

 

112,097.  ‘Everybody’s like trying to rip everybody else off.’  (Steeplejack & Engineering & Steam)  ibid.  Fred  

 

112,098.  Fred has spent much of his life with steam engines.  The restoration of this roller from a wreck took 14 years of resolute work in which he pressed on through domestic upheavals and public outcry.  (Steeplejack & Engineering & Steam)  ibid.

 

 

112,099.  Hello, I’m Fred Dibnah and I’m a steeplejack.  That’s an example of how I earn my living, you know.  And we’ve had so many letters saying, How do you put the ladders up?  And how do you actually knock the chimney down?  Fred Dibnah, The Ups and Downs of Chimneys, BBC 1994  

 

112,100.  It’s almost like chopping a tree down.  ibid.

 

 

50,070.  I like working on churches.  It’s so nice and peaceful.  And then I like doing a bit of grave-stone reading.  (Church & Grave & Churchyard & Steeplejack)  Fred Dibnah, Life with Fred 1/4 

 

89,765.  Having knocked down over the past thirty years most of the chimneys within range of home, Fred Dibnah, the Bolton steeplejack, found himself making ever-lengthening journeys to come up on something still standing to work on.  This morning he was deep in the Yorkshire Dales.  ibid.

 

 

89,762.  If you make a mistake, it’s half a day out with the undertaker.  Fred Dibnah

 

 

89,766.  It’s not so pleasant on a Monday morning when it’s cold, and the wind’s blowing, and you look up and think, Oh God.  The Fred Dibhah Story: Beginnings 1978 1/19

 

89,767.  Really, you’re dicing with death ... I’ve never fell off a big chimney – you only fall off one of them once, like.  One day, I fell off a pair of steps in my little girl’s bedroom, and landed on a drilling machine and knocked meself unconscious.  ibid.

 

48,090.  Steeplejacking is a bit of a spasmodic job.  So you can play with your steam-engine instead.  It’s a bit like being very rich.  You can just have a day off when you like.  (Steam & Engine & Steeplejacks)  ibid.

 

89,768.  I came home and I’m having my tea in the kitchen and it came on the television that here’s one that went wrong.  I knew it somehow ... Just in time to see this factory chimney straight through the middle of the mill, you know.  Just been kitted out for a three-shift system.  ibid.

 

 

89,769.  If you only do a half hour in the shed, it’s a little bit nearer ... A bit of shouting off Susie, you know.  The Fred Dibhah Story e6: Approaching Sixty

 

89,770.  Fred expanded the collection of ancient industrial tackle in his workshop.  ibid.

 

89,771.  This really is the latest masterpiece in weather-cock manufacturing.  They get bigger and better every time, you know, and of course the price goes up.  We’re got these up to now about £2,000.  Putting the chimneys aside I could go on making these till I’m ninety-five.  (Steeplejack & Weather)  ibid.

 

 

112,405.  It’s 9 a.m. and Bolton steeplejack Fred Dibnah arrives at a demolition near Monton in Manchester.  The chimney Fred is working on today in approximately 100 feet high and to prepare it for demolition has taken Fred a week.  Fred Dibnah: Getting Steamed Up s1e2: The Great Dorset Steam Fair, BBC 2001

 

112,406.  A bomfire of woods and rubber tires is built around the outside.  ibid.  

 

112,407.  ‘There’s precious little literature on the subject.’  ibid.  Fred

 

112,413.  ‘You’ve got to get it burning faily uniformly across the front of the chimney stack.’  ibid.

 

112,414.  ‘It’s about a quarter of an hour to twenty minutes.’  ibid.  

 

 

112,422.  Having served his screen apprenticeship he went on from being documentary subject to documentary presenter.  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  Fred Dibnah: A Tribute to Fred, BBC 2004

 

112,423.  Fred served his apprenticeship as a joiner but all the time despite parental disapproval he pursued his goal of becoming a steeplejack.  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  ibid.  

 

112,424.  ‘I have neglected my business, everything really, for the sake of his ten ton of iron.’  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  ibid.  Fred

 

112,425.  ‘Traction engines are good things; they don’t answer back.’  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  ibid.  Fred to group of old ladies

 

112,426.  ‘He was a great television presenter.’  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  ibid.  Paul Daniels

 

112,427.  But there was always a sense of sadness, a great sense of loss for the sights and sounds of industries that have long disappeared.  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  ibid.

 

112,428.  As a young man Fred went to art school.  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  ibid.

 

112,429.  Fred’s cancer was first diagnosed in 2001.  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  ibid.