Fred Dibnah How to climb a chimney overhang at 50+

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Dave Raybould : Let's be honest, how many of you were like me and actually felt nervous just watching this legend? I was okay at ladders and heights when younger but nothing like this and that overhang...are you kidding me? A truly remarkable man, one of a kind! RIP Fred.

arrghgarry : THere are not many men that could do that withoput a safety rope

volvoheadgasket : men like fred dibnah made this country great .

Dave Evans : Working class man. Sadly... in today's Britain... half of the "Working Man's" party Labour would be screaming racist at him for flying that flag

Ted Ex : Fred should have been Knighted. He had more in his little toe than the tossers residing in the house of lords at present,have in their whole bodies. The true backbone of Britain,was Fred.

ashley sefton : Youngsters today will climb that and take selfies thinking there dare devils. Fred in his fiftys doing it with a bit of weight on his back giving us a commentary

Saint Michael : Look at how fast and hard the wind is moving that flag. It takes some serious balls to free hand climb a ladder that high under those conditions. This man was truly an amazing human being and an English treasure. Every school child in Western society should be made to watch this man work.

jonathan hall : Now, why wasn’t that bugger knighted? Oh yeah, working class northerner. One of my heroes

1951GL : Half a day out wi'th'undertaker - a phrase I haven't heard for a while. Couple that with "yuh could ride a bike round here" and you are laughing. He was well worth the honorary doctorate the university gave him. RIP.

yamabushi170 : It's a shame that Fred Dibnah is best remembered for his demolition work on chimneys. This was a job he undertook reluctantly. His enthusiasm for and knowledge of Victorian engineering and construction was probably unparalleled during his lifetime. Additionally he was a very skilled draftsman, and his illustrations really were things of artistic beauty. We rarely get to witness so much talent in a single person, and we are lucky that Fred Dibnah was around at a time before Television became so highly commercialised and commoditised as it is now. He leaves behind a remarkable legacy of workmanship and knowledge, and we are a richer society for that.

George Orwell : I miss men like Fred. Most modern UK men think Oprah and Obama are heroes and idols...what cucks.

pho2 : This part is the easy bit for him. He had to put the ladders up, and then remove them. Worrying !

Mark Platt : 99% of men wouldn't had gone half way!!!

Shad ow : That man is a LEGEND I remember watching his programme when I was a kid , I am north of 50 now myself . Fred Dibnah represents all that was good about Britain, his character , hard work ethic , easy going presenting style , love of British engineering heritage, a genuine genuine guy and someone the country could be proud of ...he was not rare back in the day many Brits were like him ...sadly all gone now replaced by "reality" stars like Jordan ,Those Towie idiots, and Geordie Shore nobodys Kim Kardashian the list is endless ...how things have changed for the worse in my opinion in television land and the world in general..

John Ayres : Fred Dibnah goes where Chuck Norris fears to tread.

Ray Turner : A scandal the BBC took such advantage paying him a pittance for his appearances & only the barest minimum in insurance policies! RIP Fred, an absolute legend!

ha ha : there you go hollywood?? no special effects there ....spiderman in a flat cap

97channel : Can you picture one of today's so called hard men or gangsters climbing a bloody ladder like that? Danny Dyer, or 50 Cent?

Piano man : bloody ell fred..I was a lot more nervous watching YOU than YOU were climbing it lol

GBPaddling : Today's Health and Safety Man would have a fucking baby on the spot if he was there!!! Ha ha, Fred was a legend, went on his Traction Loco at Haydock Park once, and he was exactly like he is on camera, no fake persona for Fred. Not only was he incredibly skilled, but he had the heart of a Lion to climb that ladder at his age. Those overhangs don't bear thinking about, never mind negotiating.

Apodis : The spirit of an age died with Fred. Not scared of anything because the job needs doing and he's getting paid for it. He got to the age he did because he knew what he was doing, not because h&s regulations protected him. We've lost the time of lionhearts, and entered a time where people are afraid and offended by opinion.

Neil Billy bob : Fred was English Culture he was a reminder of old england. our culture is being lost on daily basis we should cherish this man l.

British-mechanic : I've no idea how he managed to ladder the overhang

darren arnold : Over fifty and doing this. Jesus what a man he was. Bless you Fred you had the courage of a lion sir.

Jeff Jones : I have a handful of hero`s and Fred is right up there , Jack if your reading these comments,your dad was a special and a well loved man

Bobby Silver : When you see footballers rolling around on the field, or politicans fucking up things, you realise that men like Fred are a dying breed. The Industrial Revolution and indeed the progress of the world was built on the shoulders of men like Fred. No nonsense, straight to the point and they got the job done, in spite of everything. RIP Fred and everyone like Fred.

louisrocca55 : "You can ride a bike round here". Is he taking the piss out of all us millions of sweaty handed, normal people or what?

Mike Fitzsimons : Fred's wife was sick and tired having to keep replacing his underpants which kept ripping due to his enormous balls.

Steve Garrod : Fred, sat atop a chimney. Finishes his tab. And then drops it down the chimney. Legend!

Diabolical Artificer : How the f*ck did they build that chimney in the first place and how the f*ck did he get the ladders up the overhang? 10 rungs off the ground and that'd be it, back down for me. Gobsmacked. Giants both.

PincherMartyn : Love the the union Jack on top. Amazing guy. What this country is all about.

Lee B : Admire Fred but also the guys who built these imagine in the 1800’s what it was like for them and they got paid crap wages to boot

GARETHLUVSTHETRUTH : fred would sort the uk out if he was in charge

Marc Law : A true northerner with balls of steel.

Tony Ashton : Balls of steel men are not made like this anymore. RIP Fred we shall never see your like again. Proud and sad dying breed.

Richard Stevens : I miss Fred Dibnah. Such an interesting man with balls of steel. At least we have the recordings he did so we get to learn from his amazing knowledge after he had gone. Sad though, we need more people like Fred Dibnah in this world.

Richard Grant : AND - after you've worked for hours - you (somehow !!) have to climb down !! PLUS - he put the ladders up first !! Stunning strength.

splurge 72 : There is not enough money in the world to make me try something like that.

711honved : Nerves of steel! A remarkable man from an era long gone.

marshalllucky : Not a hi viz or risk assesment clipboard in sight ...fabulous man , he was and remains a northern treasure .

Tony Ashton : Balls of steel don't even cover it Jesus H Christ my guts are churning just watching.What a wonderful uniquely talented man.Fred really was a national treasure we shall never see his like again.Truly fascinating man.

Mark Shaw : He’s sort help put Britain on the world map.

MOLMENTUSS : Some proper bloke this fella

JackDaniels267 : Love Fred. Balls of steel!! A proper old school bloke.

Kate Cameron : The way the old-time steeplejacks used to operate, freehand and absolutely awesome with it, and no disrespect intended to the modern ones as it truly is a career for the select few.

Greg Parker : Sorely missed - what a truly great character.

Camberwell86 : That's the easier half of the mission. Down's where your arse goes. You can block it out going up but gravity seems like 10x the threat on the journey down trust me

Ray Turner : Zero percent vertigo! I doubt there's even one man in a thousand could do what Fred just did, & without any safety harness! Legend in his own lifetime.

Antony Alderson : This chimney is India Mill in Darwen. We inspected it a few years back and repaired a lot of lead and brickwork. We did with rope access - with 2 ropes attached at all times to your harness. And I can tell you, even with the ropes it was terrifying at first - incredibly exposed - so god knows how Fred keeps his head without ropes! No margin for failure whatsoever. I even abseiled to Harry Holden's ledge - his name is carved into the stone there! And it's not buzzards who nest there now - there's a female peregrine falcon who gets very upset when you approach her nest (of course we went outside of nesting season!)

Affaiec Affaiec : Dear me what courage this man had !