Read in the paper today that Fred Dibnah has lost his battle with cancer. I have to admire fred, his forthrite manner, and his absolute passion for engineering and the history of engineering were an inspiration to many. RIP Fred.
I think thats what i liked about fred most, plane and simply a proper bloke. I watched a program recently with him digging a cladded pit shaft in his back garden, complete with pit head and winch. Watching him deal with the council planning nazi's who couldnt understand why he would want to do such a thing was priceless.
All round good bloke in my book. I know nothing about the technical aspects of what he did yet I remained fascinated by his simple charm and love of engineering in it's many forms.
He was absa fluckin lutely hilarious in his dealings with Mrs Dibnah as well...
Respect due to a great man who had solid belief in what he wanted to achieve. He always reminded me of my grandad, and I will admit when I heard the news I was a bit tearful. People from the old school of no nonsense engineering are sadly a dying breed, saw blaster bates the other year in scunthorpe, amazing setting off det cord on stage at 83 (or somethin like that) amazing! Long may they live in spirit.