Christmas has always seen the community come together in the most exciting and inventive ways – as they did in 2001 for the Barrow AFC Supporters Club festive bash.

The club held its own Christmas party on December 28 that year at the Soccer Bar.

The main entertainment for the children came from Chaplin’s Cinderella Tour, who performed the pantomime.

The party drew dozens of supporters with their families and children.

The well-attended event generated an exciting and festive atmosphere for all involved.

The fans' organisation has been a staple of the community throughout its history and invited the public to share in its festive event in 2001.

As well as the popular pantomime, party games and entertainment were included for the youngsters in attendance.

Children’s entertainer Dave Simpson took part in conducting some of the games for the young partygoers.

The pantomime players created an exciting and energetic mood for all spectating

With colourful and playful outfits and costumes the act generated laughter and merriment for all who attended the show.

Aside from its extensive and colourful history of football, the football club and its supporters have often invested time in fundraising, community events and, at Christmas especially , bringing smiles to faces.

At the other end of the decade, in 2010, the Furness British Motorcycling Club conducted its own Santa Run.

Not only were various members of the club and the public in attendance to view the event, but Father Christmas also paid a visit.

He later visited Elvin-Beck Graham to give him his present at Furness General Hospital’s child development centre’s Christmas party, held at the Park Leisure Centre in December that year.

Gordon Walker and Father Christmas continued to give out presents at the centre during the party and helped bring smiles and laughter to each child on Christmas.

Both parties would no doubt become memorable chapters in the minds of the youngsters who benefited from them for years to come.