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Fred Dibnah


One of Fred's Chimneys
Photo: Eric Turner
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Item #: 7170
The bottom photo shows the props that Fred used. They were all old telegraph poles and when I asked him why had they all got holes in them,Fred told me that he found out by accident that when he was watching one burn that already had a hole in, it burnt like a blowlamp where the hole was so he tried it out on all the props on his next job and it was a success,giving a quicker drop, so he drilled them all after that but he used an old hand operated chest drill to put 1 inch holes in every prop. This was at Bolton in the mid '80s.

Comment by: JB on 30th August 2008 at 10:25

Fred was indeed a one off

Comment by: Neil Armstrong on 30th August 2008 at 18:06

Either Queen Street Mill or Ocean Street Mill spring to mind. I think that chimney was featured on one of the BBC's Fred programmes.

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