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Monday 20th January 2003
An Evening with Fred Dibnah
Fred Dibnah at Stokesay Castle, near Ludlow
Fred Dibnah's no stranger to Shropshire
It's now more than 20 years since Bolton steeplejack Fred Dibnah first arrived on our TV screens - and he's rarely been away from them since.
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THE WIT AND WISDOM OF FRED DIBNAH

On chimneys: "One mistake up here and it's half a day out with the undertaker."

On steam engines: "Steam engines are what made England great - and they don't answer back! You can belt them with a hammer and they say nowt!"

Back in 1978, of course, he was the subject of a documentary or two. These days he presents them.

Fred's always been something of a cult personality, with his easy manner and ready wit making him something of a working class hero.

His first venture into the world of fame was as the steeplejack who would demolish chimneys in and around Bolton, Lancashire, without the use of dynamite.

Fred Dibnah
Dibnah rose to fame as a steeplejack in Bolton

Nowadays he does the lecture tour/after dinner speaker circuit, which is why he can be found at the Shrewsbury Music Hall on Sunday 16th February. And if you miss him that time around, he's appearing at Telford's Oakengates Theatre at 7.30pm on Saturday 3rd May.

As with many cult figures, it's difficult to pin down exactly what it is that make Fred Dibnah such a star. It could be his easygoing manner and the way he seems untouched by his fame, or perhaps it's his ability to tell stories and the way he uses language.

Maybe it's just his boyish fascination with the industrial age and his beloved steam engine.

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