THE playing fields were packed with fun activities in 1990 for a community event held to raise funds for a Coniston school.

The Mail, on Tuesday, July 10, noted: “There was something for everyone at the John Ruskin School gala and craft fair at Coniston on Saturday.

“Following the opening by BBC Radio Merseyside personality Norman Thomas, balloon-selling clowns encouraged the visitors to have their faces painted.

“The school hall was filled with music, alternating between the school band and the local folk group Stanza.

“The Coniston Junior School marchers gave an expert display to enthusiastic onlookers.

“The craft marquee proved popular with the opportunity to watch a local basket swiller at work and local artist Christine Isherwood produced her delicate flower paintings.

“The fire brigade engine was open for inspection and children enjoyed the company of the brigade’s mascot Welephant.

“For those with strong nerves, a mountain rescue pinnacle had been erected, offering a chance to scale the heights.

“For those less able, the mountain rescue team took volunteers up by stretcher.

“It proved to be the high spot of 12-year-old Sarah Potter’s birthday.

“The pet show proved appealing with a large white rabbit named Bramble taking first place and an appealing young Labrador taking place."

The funny-face gurning competition was won by Robert Ellis, of Lowick.

A total of £1,500 was raised by the school 's parent and teacher association.