The Mail was always on hand to cover the Duddon Inshore Rescue Gala at Askam where there was something for everyone, whether that was adults, children or even animals.

Back in 1988, it doubled up as a vintage car day, while it also played host to members of the Furness Dog Club, who gave a display of their four-legged friends’ agility and obedience.

Elsewhere at Marsh Farm, there was entertainment from the Askam Town Silver Band, rides for children and displays of vintage cars, motorcycles and steam engines.

Two years later, rain sadly brought an early end to the festivities and sent everyone scurrying inside after only a couple of hours at the gala’s new venue, the community field.

The rescue team’s secretary said: “It was a shame that the rain couldn’t have held off for another hour, but we still raised our target figure of around £1,000.”

There was still time for the dog show to take place - with one youngster following in the canines’ footsteps - and children’s races, which were roared on by parents and grandparents alike.

In 1994, the weather was much nicer for the event, which again had moved to a different location and was now hosted by Askam ARFLC’s ground at Fallowfield Park.

Once again, over £1,000 was raised, a much-needed cash boost for the team, who had spent a lot of money on a new engine and a boat.

Treasurer Derek Walton said: “It went very well. I think we will be up on last year’s takings.

“The weather helped us of course.”