VICARS, brass bands, Donald Ducks and Teddy Bears were all in attendance at Mrs Mopps and the silent scout’s events day during the large South Cumbrian effort for Children in Need that took place in November, 1989.

Money came pouring into the BBC Radio Furness show as part of the nation-wide charity appeal that make a total of £31,529,58 up until that year.

The £30,000 barrier was broken just before the end of the Ron Duxbury auction.

According to senior producer Aileen Ross, the total was already more than £11,000 up on the previous year’s donation of £19,725.

The auction raised £750 and included a weekend for two in London, which was donated by Patrick and Jane O’Hare of Marton Close, Dalton.

They had won it in a Matthew Brown competition but had decided they would rather give it to the appeal instead.

Jane O’Hare said: “Radio Furness rang to tell us it had raised £200 which was very good.”

Dalton Church scout raised more than £200 with a sponsorship silence on the following Saturday morning.

About 25 cubs and Beavers took part. One beaver, who could not make it to the scout hut for the event, had his own sponsorship silence at home, according to organiser Sue Sylvester.

Children from Yarlside School raised £273 when they and their teachers, all took Teddy Bears to school on Friday for a 20p fee.

Other fund-raising events at the school included a collection of 1p coins.

At Haverigg Workingmen’s Club a competition night raised £745 and a sponsorship pub crawl netted a further £1470.

Dowdales School brass band was accompanied by teacher Mrs Kath McCullough, and played for 40 minutes in Market Street, Dalton.

Together they raised £61.50.

In the afternoon, the 18 pupils were joined by the school’s head of music Mr Peter Dyer to do the same at the Market Cross, Ulverston, where funds were collected.

Mr Dyer said: “It was blooming cold.

“I think they enjoyed it, although in that weather it was more through a sense of duty than a pleasure.”

Another impressive feat accomplished was the performance of deputy manageress of the Little Chef restaurant at Witherslack.

Beverley Nicholls, 29, of Yealand, climbed the 40-foot-high mobile climbing wall on the Radio One Quizmobile and raised £120.

A spokesperson for the restaurant said: “She’s never climbed higher than a chair before and she was really scared of heights. Her legs were shaking. She was so brave.”