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Fred Dibna Calls for Ocean Mill Chimneys to Come Down to Earth

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Fred Dibna, one of Bolton’s great characters, worked hard in 1982.

Steeplejack Fred was brought in to demolish the chimney belonging to the Ocean Mill on Settle Street in Great Lever. The mill was closed in 1960.

Using his tried-and-tested method, Fred removed some bricks from the base of the chimney in a former cotton spinning mill and then set fire to wooden props, effectively holding the structure upright.

Crowds gathered to watch as the chimney safely crashed to Earth in October 1982.

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