I`ve just seen this on You tube and wonder how many other people have seen it. What a wonderful tribute to Fred. Bless him!
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My mum attended Fred's funeral. He was a legend in north Manchester, and demolished the Owl mill's chimney in Oldham on my 21st birthday. Yes, twenty years ago we still had working cotton mills.
Saw these on a recent Fred search on You Tube. I have no doubt the great man would have been "chuffed to bits" with the steam engine procession leading him on his final journey. Very moving. The last man now departed who connected us to a great industrial age of the past and who was able to share and illustrate his passion for the marvels of that age with humour, modesty and an infectious enthusiasm.
Yes, I do like that!
Where oh where is the 'LIKE' button when you need it?
after freds death the beeb offered top gear host steve berry dibnahs job
he turned it down !
a shame because i think he would have been excellent at it
and where is he now ?
I always remember the episode where he is at the coast on holiday with his family. I think he gets bored or something and just goes of down the road to knock a small chimney down. Good old Fred!
It's sad and funny at the same time, depending on whether you are wearing Fred's flat cap or his wife's exasperation.
The episode is where Fred has finally caved in to his wife's demand to have a family holiday, for the first time in X number of years. They head to Blackpool, the Vegas of the North and while Mrs Dibnah and the kids are enjoying the beach, Fred reflects ruefully on how he cannot see the appeal in just lying about under the sun. He cannot resist the itch to do some work and manages to find a nearby chimney or roof that needs attention.
The enduring image is of Fred at the top of a ladderback in his element while his none-too-impressed wife is at the bottom, wearing a look of pained resignation not seen on screen since the days of Oliver Hardy.
Naturally it starts to rain to lay on the misery of it all. Mrs Dibnah is then pictured in the land rover with kids and the the rain as musical accompaniment, presumably thinking " I thought we were on holiday?"
Shortly after this epsiode aired Fred is at home alone explaining how the missus has gone on a girls-only holiday abroad and that new found freedom turned out to be beginning of the end for their marriage, sadly enough.
Movingly Fred ponders the injustice of the situation saying "It's not every woman gets a steam engine named after her!"
Poignant - Fred was victorian from the tip of his hat to the toes of his boots!