THE room began to spin round, and the entire audience was upside down in the eyes of Nick Turner as he became the first man in Barrow to take part in the latest night club craze in 1992.

The laughter was almost deafening for him.

It was his first attempt at the new craze that had been sweeping the nation up until that point.

The new craze of Barfly.

Participants would be dressed up in a white and black Velcro jump suit before being sent flying through the air towards a Velcro target which they would stick too, often upside.

Nick said: “Feeling rather ridiculous in my stripped outfit amongst the Friday night boppers in their gladrags, I had watched as an instable bouncy structure was blown up until it filled half of the Cee Pees club.

“Best described as a huge armchair with a 14-foot-high cloth backing. It looked as through it belonged in a fairy-tale giant’s castle rather than in the centre of a dancefloor.

“The idea, I had been told was to dress up in this Velcro boiler suit and bounce from the base onto a cloth wall and stick there, just like a fly, 12 feet up or even higher.

“Standing there

I remembered how I had been eager to be the first person in Barrow to try it out.

“Bemused onlookers were only too glad to get out of my way as I cleared a run up to where I could propel myself onto the cloth wall.

“I took a deep breath and charged.

“I hit the springy target and bounced into the unknown.

“I let my feet flip over as I had been told, and when I opened my eyes, I was sticking to the wall upside down ten feet or so in the air.”

Organiser, Paul Ryan, of Spotlight Promotions, was pleased with the way Barrow had taken to Barfly.

The craze had only been in Britain for eight months at the time, but his company was working flat out to meet public demand.

Six or seven nights a week they would be found at pubs and nightclubs and even wedding receptions persuading people to put on a Velcro suit and try out Barfly.