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Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre in Bolton to close

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karlypants

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The owner of the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre has announced that it will close for good.

The centre, based at the steam enthusiast's former home in Radcliffe Road, will shut its doors in the winter.

And owner Leon Powsney will auction off the contents, including Fred's machinery and tools, early next year.

Mr Powsney, who lives in the home, said running the museum had been a 'fantastic journey' but said it had been at a great personal cost.

The 70-year-old said: "It is with mixed feelings of regret and relief that I am announcing that the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre is closing down this winter and will not be re-opening. In other words this is the end of the Fred Dibnah Heritage centre.

"This has been a fantastic journey for me and one that I will treasure for years to come, it has been a privilege knowing that the heritage centre has brought pleasure to many thousands of people from all around the UK and to many visitors from around the globe, including the USA, Canada, Australia, Holland, Germany, Belgium, New Zealand, all of whom would not have had the pleasure of visiting their hero's home otherwise.

"For personal reasons that I will not go into at this time I have decided that it is time for me to take a long awaited and well earned break."

 Mr Powsney and his wife Jan bought the 155-year-old home and the heritage centre in 2008 for £185,000 and spent thousands creating the centre, dedicated to Fred's love of steam.

It opened its doors in 2010, six years after the historian's death, giving visitors the chance to see the home, the garden and all of Fred's tools and machinery.

As well as tours of the centre and the house — offering paying visitors the opportunity to have a cup of tea in Fred's kitchen — he even provided a self-catering bedroom for visitors from further afield.

The house and heritage centre had been put up for sale last year for £650,000 but a buyer could not be found.

He said: "I have brought Fred's home and workplace back to life over the last eight years from virtual dereliction into a successful and very popular visitor attraction, dedicated to the memory of a great man.

"I have tried so hard to find a buyer to carry the centre on into the future but unfortunately this has not been possible, having tried absolutely everything possible at great cost to myself mentally, physically and financially.

"Opening the heritage centre was a massive risk for me personally and financially, and I now having turned age 70 this year I need to get back to some form of normality so my wife and I can enjoy what years we have left in peace.

"As I have not been able to find a buyer to carry on the heritage centre I am left with no other option than to close down and sell everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) off.

"We will be holding an auction in the new year so if you would like to own a genuine piece of Fred's history/memorabilia or even one of his machines, or tools, or spanners, please email us at freddibnahtours@live.com to register an interest. We will be organising an auction catalogue in the new year as well.

"If you have not visited the heritage centre then I would recommend you do so very soon as once we close the doors that will be it."

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karlypants

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Anyone been to this? 

Anyone a fan of Fred Dibnah?

karlypants

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karlypants wrote:Anyone a fan of Fred Dibnah?
Looks like it's just me then! Very Happy

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I love Fred dibnah.  And if anywhere deserves an ACV in Bolton its this place.

My grandad was the spits of Fred and he was a joiner. Always up ladders.

People used to beep at hime and shout "alright fred" and he uaed to just give a wave Smile

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karlypants

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y2johnny wrote:I love Fred dibnah.  And if anywhere deserves an ACV in Bolton its this place.

My grandad was the spits of Fred and he was a joiner. Always up ladders.

People used to beep at hime and shout "alright fred" and he uaed to just give a wave Smile
Love it. Smile 

You have lost me on ACV. Do you mean as it making it into an historic landmark owned by the council?

I've watched quite a few of Fred Dibnas TV programs and have to say that I have enjoyed all that I have seen so far.

Fred Dibnah: Steeplejack from 1979 gives a great inside into his life and well worth a watch if you haven't seen it. Smile

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karlypants wrote:
y2johnny wrote:I love Fred dibnah.  And if anywhere deserves an ACV in Bolton its this place.

My grandad was the spits of Fred and he was a joiner. Always up ladders.

People used to beep at hime and shout "alright fred" and he uaed to just give a wave Smile
Love it. Smile 

You have lost me on ACV. Do you mean as it making it into an historic landmark owned by the council?

I've watched quite a few of Fred Dibnas TV programs and have to say that I have enjoyed all that I have seen so far.

Fred Dibnah: Steeplejack from 1979 gives a great inside into his life and well worth a watch if you haven't seen it. Smile
Ive seen them all kp.  The best one is when he takes his family to blackpool and they think they are going for a holiday but he ends up working.  Health and safety would have a field day with fred in the 70s. Smile

Yeah, an acv like the truss has forced upon the macron.  An asset of community value.  Nothing more fitting in bolton if you ask me

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y2johnny wrote:Yeah, an acv like the truss has forced upon the macron.  An asset of community value.  Nothing more fitting in bolton if you ask me
It's a shame that the Council didn't have it's priorities right instead of for example giving £300k away to shoddy business practices like they did with ASONS.

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