SOME special skills — such as putting model ships in bottles — and the vital work of the emergency service featured in a 1997 open day in Furness.

The Mail, on July 21, noted: "The emergency services showed off their skills at Barrow's Dock Museum at the weekend.

"There were demonstrations of firefighting equipment, the work of a mobile police unit, a police diving team, the paramedics, the Furness Mountain Rescue Team and the Duddon and Haverigg Inshore Rescue teams.

"Demonstrations were given by Des Newton, the record-breaking ship bottler who showed the time-honoured pastime of putting ships into bottles."

A dramatic displays came from the fire safety department of Cumbria Fire Service on the dangers of chip pan fires.

A cooker in a mobile exhibition trailer became s a mass of flames in seconds.

Sculptor Wendy Taylor was also at the event to show her latest work — featuring a ship's propeller design.