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Fred Dibnah
The Life and Times

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What's it all about?

This film was originally made for the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre (now closed), and has now been donated to the Fred Dibnah Foundation to raise funds to keep Fred’s Legacy alive.


It contains previously unreleased footage retrieved from the Fred Dibnah archive. It also includes a look at the amazing home and workshops where Fred lived for over 40 years. In the film you will see Fred talking about the Atlas Mill chimney, which he demolished in 1992. Then Fred tells us of the demolition of the old BPC works chimney in Farnworth, with informative comments by Neil Carney who worked with Fred for five years. Fred talks about steam rallies, and amuses us with his great commentary. Fred can be seen driving his beloved steam roller Betsy to Astle Park steam rally.  


This film includes rare footage of Fred demolishing the Lancashire Mill chimney, also the Park Mill chimney in Royton near Oldham; this was the 90th and last chimney Fred ever dropped. We are introduced to some of Fred’s friends and admirers, such as Dr.Busker, Neil Carney, and Pete Martin, and of course Fred’s faithful companion Alf Molyneux.   Snippets of Fred Dibnah’s Victorian steam funeral are included, when thousands of people crowded the streets of Bolton to say a final goodbye to a true Lancashire Hero.   The film is brought up to date with the unveiling of Fred’s statue in Bolton town centre, and is packed with interviews and interesting footage of Fred. 

This video stream is a must for any true Fred Dibnah fan. 

Fred Dibnah The Life and Times
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