Barrow has always been a place of generosity and kindness, especially for those who are less well off.

Charity events such as Comic Relief and Red Nose Day have never failed to bring out the best of the county's people.

In 1990 cricketers Roy Carton and Bob Mackie took part in a one-mile sponsored ‘nose sprout push’ at Haverigg Cricket Club to raise funds for the club.

After finishing their effort, Bob headed off to Askam to help Haverigg's A team achieve victory in a cup match.

The wacky theme continued in 1993 as people in Furness raised cash for Comic Relief.

Two Barrow schoolboys sat in a bath outside the Tally Ho pub while onlookers splattered them with baked beans, spaghetti, and cold soup.

Scott James, 10, and Matthew Robson, 11, who lived at Romney Road, raised £101.

They were not the only Furness folk to put their grey matter to use and devise original money-making schemes for Red Nose Day that year.

Tracey Dickinson, assistant head cook at Furness General Hospital, also sat in a bath while colleague Christine Redfern doused her in pink custard.

Pupils from Barrow’s Thorncliffe School cheered as Crellin Street hairdresser Ken Riley shaved off the 23-year-old beard of teacher Charlie Mills.

Mr Mills’ sponsored shave netted £200 and a mufti day at Thorncliffe brought in another £300 as pupils paid 50p each for the privilege to take part.

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 to have a comfortable space where they could relax after a long day studying in school.

The grant to pay for the thoughtful scheme came from Comic Relief.