Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Yesterday is showing a biography of Fred Dibnah, who is sadly missed.  They have just shown the first time he was on TV felling a mill chimney in Rochdale (I think).  It is a clip I have always found said - I hate seeing the chimneys come down.  They are sadly missed.  I wonder whether future generations will one day realise how much was lost?

What is remarkable though is quite how commonplace his demonolitions are.  If you watch American demolition shows it is massive teams with plastic explosives and split second fuses.  Fred?  Ah now Fred uses a sledgehammer and lights a fire in the brickwork to crack them.  As it starts to tumble, he lifts a horn to his mouth and blows a few warning notes.  It is just so ... British.