COLOURFUL hats in all shapes and sizes were the result of a children’s charity event for Barrow schools and nurseries to help support the NSPCC’s Hats on for Children Day.

The Mail, on Thursday, May 6 in 1999, noted: “The aim of the day is to raise awareness about the dangers of abuse of children and to promote children’s safety.”

Dozens of hats produced by the youngsters, both as individuals or as part of teams, went on display in the children’s department of the Marks &Spencer store, in Dalton Road, Barrow.

The article noted: “A panel of judges, including MP John Hutton, Marks & Spencer manager Elaine Robinson and NSPCC children’s services manager Pat Palmer will be on hand to judge the winning entries.

“It is hoped that children will get the message that they have the right to be both seen and heard to ensure that they are kept safe.”

The schools and nurseries taking part were Greengate Infant, North Walney, Roose, St Columba’s RC, Happy Tots, Bram Longstaffe and Linwood.