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Fred Dibnah (Hardback)

A Tribute

Transport History Colour Books Memoirs Biographies

By Keith Langston
Imprint: Wharncliffe Transport
ISBN: 9781845631154
Published: 17th September 2009



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Mid-Cheshire based heritage transportation specialist photographer and feature writer Keith Langston travelled extensively with Fred Dibnah during the filming of his last TV series, 'Made in Britain.' Following Fred's untimely death, Keith embarked upon the creation of a book, drawing not only on his experiences with the Bolton born steeplejack and TV presenter, but in addition talking to a representative cross section of those persons who numbered themselves amongst Fred's many friends. Fred became a high profile media personality and the fame which accompanied that status never affected him, or in any way changed his down to earth demeanour. He will be remembered not only for his many practical achievements, but also for encouraging thousands of others to care about our industrial heritage. The steam bug infected Fred at a very early age possibly following his illicit visits to his father's place of work, a bleach factory. Encouraged by one of his ex teachers Fred started what he described as 'a steeplejack business'. When he turned to presenting his own programmes his blunt, no nonsense style made a welcome change from the so called television professionals. His genius lay in being able to communicate with the audience in simple, direct, colloquial English.

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About Keith Langston

Cheshire based KEITH LANGSTON is a widely published and highly respected photo journalist specialising in railway and other transport related subjects. His interest and vast knowledge of all things railway stem from being brought up in the North West of England as part of a railway family. Over the past 25 years he has operated as a contributor to heritage sector journals whilst establishing himself as an accomplished author in his own right. Keith has teamed up with Pen & Sword Books in order to produce the British Steam series for their Wharncliffe Transport Division. His British Steam titles to date have included: Past & Present, Patriot, BR Standards and Pacific Power, with others planned for release in 2013.

In addition Keith has produced two further books for Wharncliffe: Fred Dibnah a Tribute and Images of Fred Dibnah, both of which celebrate the life of the late TV personality steeplejack from Bolton, Lancashire.

Fred Dibnah was born

28th April 1938

Fred Dibnah MBE, born in Bolton, was a famous steeplejack and engineer, aswell as TV personality and steam enthusiast. When presenting his own programmes, his blunt, no nonsense style made a welcome change from the so called television professionals. His genius lay in being able to communicate with the audience in simple, direct, colloquial English. Dibnah died on 6 November 2004 aged 66, following a three-year battle with prostate cancer.

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