AFTER a hard day's work, so the story goes, steeplejack Fred Dibnah liked nothing better than a pint of Guinness and a good pie.
Above - Fred Dibnah
And such was our Fred?s love of a Holland?s Pie that he even painted his old Land Rover in the pie company?s colours.
But the famous fourby- four has slipped off the radar, after being sold 20 years ago, and now pie bosses are hoping for the Land Rover?s return to celebrate their company?s 160th anniversary.
Pie historian and Bolton chef Tom Bridge said: ?Fred?s love for Holland?s Pies has been well documented and I?m sure he would have been delighted to see his trusty Land Rover feature in an exhibition about the company.
?If you?re lucky enough to own this piece of North West history, or you know who does, get in touch.?
Fred sold the iconic vehicle more than 20 years ago and his family is now unaware of its whereabouts, but the vehicle?s registration number ECW656W is still registered with the DVLA.
Fred?s wheels are not the only piece of Holland?s history to be considered hot property.
To mark its 16 decades in the pie business, Holland?s has launched a nationwide search for pie-related historical items.
They will feature in an exhibition about the company?s history at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
Holland?s already has an impressive collection of memorabilia but still wants to add to its haul. Since the search was launched in July, a wealth of historical item?s have already been uncovered, including handwritten letters, old photos, vintage toy vans and old uniforms.
If you have the inside track on Fred?s Land Rover, or you own a piece of Holland?s Pies memorabilia, send details to memorabiliasearch@ hollandspies.co.uk or call 0113 3944333.
Original Story Courtesy of The Bolton News.
A little of Fred Dibnah MBE
And Fred Dibnah later in life
The Holland's pie firm is celebrating its 160th anniversary and is trying to find memorabilia to feature in an exhibition about its history being staged at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. http://www.mosi.org.uk/contact-us
Any object, large or small, is being considered – from factory machinery to old posters or advertisements. The collators already have their eye on a 40-year-old burnt meat pie.
The exhibition will take visitors through the story of Holland’s Pies and is on from November 11th to February 12th.
Above - Celebrity Chef Tom Bridge
Pie expert and historian Tom Bridge said: “Holland’s Pies has been at the heart of the community for 160 years and is a brand that many people have fond memories of from their childhood and still hold very close to their hearts to this day.
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