The Building Of Britain Episode 1 .. presented by Fred Dibnah .. RIP Fred
In early 2001 Dibnah was due to begin filming Fred Dibnah's Building of Britain, but suffered severe abdominal pains and was admitted to hospital for tests. He was discharged and began filming at locations around the country, including the Globe Theatre, Ely Cathedral and Glamis Castle. Dibnah was the chairman of the Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal Society and an episode on the construction of Britain's canal network was therefore of particular interest to him. Toward the end of filming, Dibnah went to Bolton Royal Hospital for a check-up, where a tumour was found on his right kidney. The kidney was removed and the tumour was found to be malignant. He went to Christie Hospital in Manchester, where further growths were discovered around his bladder. On the same day, Sheila's father fell from the roof of his house and died. Dibnah underwent chemotherapy and once his treatment was finished tests showed that he was free of cancer.
It did however eventually kill him, , i personally will never forget Fred. i met him at my local pub back in the nineties, i only got to say hello and i little idle chat.. RIP Fred
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Tags: Fred Dibnah, Bolton, English, steeplejack, mechanical, engineering, steam, chimneys, engine, Britain, Building, History
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