Fred Dibnah

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Birthday
28, 1938
Birthplace
Bolton, England
Death Date
Nov 6, 2004 (66)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
28, 1938
Birthplace
Bolton, England
Death Date
Nov 6, 2004 (66)

About

England's steeplejack who climbed the tallest towers and skyscrapers to work on clocks and chimneys, and became the most unlikely TV star.

Before Fame

He watched steeplejacks as a child, and after a term in the National Service he became one himself and in 1978, while repairing Bolton's Town Hall, he gave an interview to the BBC.

Trivia

His warm, friendly personality and flat accent made him popular with viewers and he soon found himself the subject of an award-winning documentary along with invitations to host history programs.

Family Life

He was born in Bolton, Lancashire to Frank and Betsy Dibnah who were both employed at a bleach works.

Associated With

After an invitation to meet the Queen, he remarked with his customary humility that he looked forward to meeting Prince Charles, as the two shared "the same views about modern architecture."