COMIC Relief has never been far from the mind of Barrow's community residents who have shown their generosity.

After it was created in the year 1985, the Cumbrian community have put on hundreds of events and fundraisers over the years.

In 1988, on the first official Red Nose Day, the official inaugural event helped to raise £15m in total.

Over the last 35 years, the fundraising has continued in the county and across the country.

the amount was taken over the £1bn mark for the first time in 2017.

The people of Furness always taken part in the fundraiser, as well as countless other smaller fundraisers over the years.

Events have included the three-legged pub crawl by Howard Street College students of 1991, and the old favourite of lying in a bath full of baked beans.

In 1991, for Comic Relief Ian Marshall and Harry Melia took part in the event, and found themselves on the receiving end of a game of "Soak a Taxman".

They should have called heads.

The Comic Relief fundraisers have also benefited the community directly, and paid it back in kindness for it all had done.

In 1994, the Alfred Barrow School's basement bar had Barrow special constable Dawn Schollar as the new manager.

The bar served young people 14 to 18, but there was not a drop of alcohol in sight.

The bar was designed for pupils where they could relax after a long day studying in school.

Finding experienced staff to run the establishment was difficult but thankfully a grant was secured to benefit the business.

The grant came from Comic Relief.

The Mail reported in 1994: "During term time, the bar is open to Alfred Barrow students during lunch and breaktimes and to anyone over 14 from 7pm to 9pm on Monday and Thursday."

Miss Schollar said: "It has been very good. There has been a great feedback.

"The main message we want to get across is that the bar is for all youngsters in the area."