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Fred Dibnah (1938 – 2004)


Born in Bolton, Lancashire, was an English steeplejack, engineer and eccentric who became a television personality, a cult figure and, latterly, a national institution.
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Fred Dibnah
"That's Bolton's biggest chimney that... and I climbed it for a ten bob wager. Never did get the ten bob though."
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Fred also previously received two honorary doctorates ..... They were both given by the relevant engineering faculties, but Fred always told people that they were for "back street mechanicing".
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"I'm just a bum who climbs chimneys."




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"It's a funny thing this celebrity. If you don't wave back you're a miserable bugger, if you do wave back you're a big-headed bugger. I don't know."
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"I realise that steam engines aren't everyone's cup of tea. But they're what made England great."
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"The thing is nowadays, you'll have 20 men working, yet 60 men telling them 'You can't do that, you ain't got a tin hat on'".
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"I set out as a steeplejack in my youth to preserve chimneys. I've finished by knocking most of them down."
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"A man who says he feels no fear is either a fool or a liar."
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"I've never fell off a big chimney. You'd only fall off one of them once."
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"Anybody who destroys anything made of stone should be prosecuted. It is not all beautiful, but it took a man all day to make one stone."
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"By 'eck it were grand."




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"I have a wash more now than I used to y'know... I have a shower everynight."
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"Steeplejacking's a bit of a spasmodic job, so you can play with your steam engine instead. It's a bit like being very rich."
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"Height gives you a wonderful feeling of grandeur. You're the king of the castle up here."
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"We've become a nation of con men, living by selling double glazing to each other."
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"Steam engines don't answer back. You can belt them with a hammer and they say nowt."
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"Did yer like that!?"
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"The modern world stinks."
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