A FLOOD of visitors swept through Barrow Town Hall in1995 for a rare chance to see some of the town's oldest treasures.

The Mail, on Saturday, September 2 in 1995, noted:"Items on show in the special one-day exhibition included the banqueting set used for formal town hall occasions and a number of items donated by one of Barrow's founding fathers, Sir James Ramsden.

"Town mayor Flo Proudfoot came up with the idea of putting the treasures on display."

She said: "We decided we should show people all the beautiful things that the town owns.

"We've had a marvellous response and the people who have come have really enjoyed themselves.

"Many people hadn't even been into the council chamber before so it's proved a real eye-opener for them."

Visitor Catherine Bradley, of Albert Street, Barrow,said: "It's the first time I've been inside the town hall.

"I didn't realise it was so big."