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Statue of the week: number 41

July 27, 2011

Fred Dibnah

I’m sure the non-British readers are now thinking “Who?”  Fred Dibnah (1938 – 2004) is Bolton born and bred.  There are other famous people from Bolton (e.g. Maxine Peake, Vernon Kay, Peter_Kay (I was on the same bus as him one night from Manchester Piccadilly to Bolton),  from children’s telly in the 1980’s  Stu Francis (ooh, I could crush a grape!) and for any history buffs Samuel Crompton the inventor of the Spinning mule.)  Sam has the honour of having the first civic statue in Bolton.  However Julie  (Dannikins) has never mentioned wanting to yarnbomb Sam, but she would love to knit Fred some trousers 🙂

Fred was a steeplejack (he repaired and demolished chimneys and other tall things), but in 1978 the local BBC new programme interviewed him and this led to a TV programme about his life as a steeplejack. In 1998 when the need for steeplejacks and chimney felling (demolishing) had declined he began to present TV programmes about Britain’s industrial heritage. His statue was unveiled in 2008 and is by Jane Robbins.

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