Steeplejack Fred’s widow lights up U3A meeting

Sheila Dibnah, far right, the widow of steeplejack Fred Dibnah, who judged the table decoration competion at the Skegness U3A meeting at the Crown hotel last Wednesday morning. 'Winners Amy Eaton and Shirley Noble pictured with their exhibits.

Sheila Dibnah, far right, the widow of steeplejack Fred Dibnah, who judged the table decoration competion at the Skegness U3A meeting at the Crown hotel last Wednesday morning. 'Winners Amy Eaton and Shirley Noble pictured with their exhibits.

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Skegness U3A members were treated to Christmas with the Dibnahs at their meeting last Wednesday.

Guest speaker Sheila Dibnah, widow of the famous steeplejack Fred Dibnah, regaled everyone with stories of the unconventional gifts she had received from Fred and of some of the unconventional events which had taken place, such as taking out a steam roller to a local pub.

A professional dancer, Sheila had fond memories of the Arcadia Theatre and was sorry to learn it is now a car park. She was thanked by Les Osborne.

Earlier in the meeting she judged the table decoration competition which was won by Amy Eaton and Shirley Noble.

During the business session a minutes silence was observed for two members who died recently.

The meeting concluded with a raffle and a buffet lunch.

Chairman Amy Eaton thanked everyone for their support during the year.