Roasted ox and a steam engine star in 1967 celebrations for Barrow's centenary
BARROW held all manner of events in 1967 to celebrate its 100th birthday as a borough.
There was a Centenary Ball and fashion show, parades and concerts, sporting events and exhibitions.
One of the key events was a five-day Centenary Pageant held at Craven Park.
The Vickers Centenary Gala was held at Hawcoat Park, Barrow, on June 10 in 1967.
Joseph Barran, the ox-roaster hired for the day, brought enough buns, serviettes and pats of butter to fill 5,000 hungry mouths.
The roasting also needed almost 1,000lb of coal, 650lb of coke, 1,000lb of wood and 1,000 bricks.
The ox butties were on sale at 1/6d (7p).
Gala activities were officially started by Mr W Opher, joint managing director of Vickers.
Also there was Coronation Street pair Peter Adamson, who played Len Fairclough, and Graham Haberfield, who played Gerry Booth.
They were on the judging panel for the Miss Vickers personality girl contest.
Music for the day was provided by the Barrow Shipyard Band with musical director Herbert Sutcliffe and Ulverston Town Band led by Grenville Hickerby.
There was a wide variety of sporting events, including pancake and egg-and-spoon races for mothers and a race for toddlers.
There was a firkin of ale on offer for the team of four which put up the best performance on greasy pole.
There was a women’s soccer match between the engineers and the shipbuilders where all gentlemen were asked to: “please refrain from running on to the pitch to congratulate the goalscorers.”
Also on offer was a tug-of-war and gymnastics.