Dibnah was accompanied on his journey by two of his friends, Alf Molyneux and Jimmy Crooks, who both used to be coal-miners. The three men shared the firing and steering of the traction engine. They slept in the trailer that the traction engine towed behind it. Fred's sons Jack Dibnah and Roger Dibnah, also keen steam enthusiasts, joined him for part of the journey. See more »
[talking about how he should greet Fred when he returns from Buckingham Palace with his MBE]
I don't know whether to doff me cap to 'im, bow or curtsy!
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Made in Britain was Fred Dibnah's last series before he died from cancer in November 2004. He was determined to finish this, despite suffering from the cancer and he achieved it.
Fred, his two sons Jack and Roger and two of his mates tour Britain in his newly restored traction engine. They visit various places on the tour, including steel works, mills, factories, pumping engines and some preserved railways including the Severn Valley, Midland Railway Centre, Great Central Railway and Ffestiniog Railway in north Wales. The last episode of the series was a one hour special, concluding with Fred collecting his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Made in Britain was one of Fred's best TV series, although anything with him is excellent.
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