"A man who says he feels no fear is either a fool or a liar," he once said. "One mistake up here and it's a half-day out with the undertaker."
The amazing world of Fred Dibnah MBE Britain's ledgendary Steeplejack. Watch in awe as Fred demolished the towering brick built chimneys of Britain's industrial past.
He did not bother with dynamite, but drilled out courses of bricks at the foot of the chimney to be felled. He wedged heavy timbers into the gap then lit a fire. When the props burned away, the chimney collapsed into the space cleared for it. Fred, hovering nervously nearby, would signal the end with a couple of toots on an old motor horn he carried with him.
See the nail biting moment as Fred sets the fire going to Rugby Mill Chimney at Oldham, Lancashire - just 4'6" from the next building.
See also how the master steeplejack laddered a chimney from start to finish. Enjoy the wit and wisdom of one of Britain's most colourful characters, who will be sorely missed.
Join Fred and.. Watch Them Fall Down!
Running Time: Approx 57mins