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A little while ago, a friend lent us a DVD with a film and short TV series on Fred Dibnah. Both were produced in the late 70s / early 80s and featured Dibnah, a steeplejack and steam engine enthusiast from Lancashire.

Even having watched it, the process of doing things like putting ladders up the side of a tall factory chimney, building a platform round the top and then gradually demolishing it brick by brick, leaves me awestruck. I’m not too bad at heights but I think I’d struggle to do that!

Certainly not a manual for health and safety but some classic British television that I was aware of but had never seen until now.

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