Fred Dibnah films at Bolton Museum 


Unseen footage of Bolton steeplejack Fred Dibnah will be shown at Bolton Museum throughout March.

Starting on Thursday, March 4, a series of films taken by Nick Wilding will be presented to audiences in the museum's Lecture Theatre.

Filmaker Nick worked closely with Fred to document the last 10 years of his life, including climbing a 300ft chimney and travelling on one of Fred's steam traction engines.

The 10 films, entitled Fred Dibnah Unseen!, will be shown over five nights and are part of a range of celebratory events which lead up to The Octagon Theatre production of The Demolition Man in April.

Nick said: "The films I’ve created are Fred being Fred, no scripts and definitely the real thing. A very special, and sometimes quite hair-raising experience!”

Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Adult and Community Services, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, said: “The Fred Dibnah Unseen! films are great idea to whet the appetite of audiences wishing to see The Demolition Man at The Octagon and we are delighted to be able to collaborate with the theatre on such an exciting and long-awaited project, which will show more of Fred’s life beyond what can be seen in the play."

Tickets for Fred Dibnah Unseen! are available from The Octagon Theatre by calling 01204 520661 or by visiting their website.

Two films will be shown each evening on March 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 7.30pm and tickets are priced £5 (£4 concessions) for individual evenings or £20 (£16 concessions) for all five screenings.

The Demolition Man features at The Octagon from April 7 to May 7.

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