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Fred: The Definitive Biography Of Fred Dibnah

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Fred became a high profile media personality and the fame which accompanied that status never affected him, or in any way changed his down to earth demeanour.

Fred's love for all things steam is also a practical one; for the last 27years, he has been renovating a steam boiler and engine in his back garden and it is now nearly complete. Even as a young lad, Fred was considered by his family and also his contemporaries as being a little odd, rather eccentric, for the young Boltonian eschewed the normal football and similar sports-related pastimes in favour of the world of steam engines, boilers and in particular the numerous cotton mill and factory chimneys that were as ubiquitous as blades of grass. Following Fred's untimely death, Keith embarked upon the creation of a book, drawing not only on his experiences with the Bolton born steeplejack and TV presenter, but in addition talking to a representative cross section of those persons who numbered themselves amongst Fred's many friends. All six episodes from steeplejack Fred Dibnah's TV series looking at Britain's architectural heritage. You'd have to be a Fred Dibnah fan to truly enjoy this book - if you're not, I'd probably give it a miss.Fred Dibnah's Building of Britain DVDFred Dibnah reveals the genius, the vision and the sheer bloody graft that went into creating some of Britain's greatest national monuments. As one of the famous Bolton steeplejack’s oldest friend, Alan McEwen has a unique view of the life and work of the late Fred Dibnah, illustrated by many of Alan’s own photographs.

Fred Dibnah MBE, born in Bolton, was a famous steeplejack and engineer, aswell as TV personality and steam enthusiast.Fred’s later television series particularly made his character blossom, his passionate and oftimes comical descriptions of how the complexities of historic mechanical wizardry were built and how they operated, thrilled his television audiences nationally.

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