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In pictures: Fred Dibnah
Fred Dibnah in front of Conwy Castle
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Steeplejack and TV presenter Fred Dibnah, who has died aged 66, became a well-loved if unlikely star after he was first featured on TV in the late 1970s.
Fred Dibnah up a chimney in 1983
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Born in Bolton, he began climbing chimneys as a child and became known for his system of demolishing them without explosives.
Fred Dibnah with his MBE at Buckingham Palace this Wednesday July 7, 2004
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Dibnah turned out in top hat when he was made an MBE at Buckingham Palace in July. "I'm an old fashioned bloke and it is nice for the old school to get some recognition," he said.
Fred Dibnah by Glamis Castle
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Dibnah was known for climbing up tall structures as a steeplejack but hosted 20 programmes on a range of subjects over 25 years.
Fred Dibnah's Magnificent Monuments
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His well-known shows included Fred Dibnah's Magnificent Monuments (pictured), Building of Britain, Industrial Age and Age of Steam.
Dibnah's Victorian Heroes
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Dibnah was known for his love of the Industrial Revolution, but had great enthusiasm for all great engineering feats.
Fred Dibnah's Victorian Heroes
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Dibnah dressed as one of his idols, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, to pay homage to Britain's greatest engineer in Fred Dibnah's Victorian Heroes.

An unusual television star

TV's Dibnah loses cancer battle
06 Nov 04  |  Manchester
Obituary: Fred Dibnah
06 Nov 04  |  Entertainment
Illness forces Dibnah to cancel
02 Sep 04  |  Nottinghamshire
TV's Dibnah reveals cancer battle
21 May 04  |  Entertainment
Fred Dibnah honoured
31 Dec 03  |  Manchester



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