More than 2,000 people packed Haverigg's Wilson Park to enjoy the thrills and spills of the Haverigg Insure Rescue It's a Knock-out event in 1992.

The fun and frolics took place on a series of inflatable contraptions designed to cause the competitors maximum embarrassment.

Bungee ropes were tied to the plucky competitors as they struggled up slippery slopes only to be snapped back to the ground like something out of a Tom and Jerry cartoon.

Chair of Haverigg Inshore Rescue team Brian Hampson said: "It was a brilliant day.

"The 120 competitors seemed to enjoy themselves and they all got through unscathed even though one or two lost a little dignity.

We hope to have raised somewhere in the region of £4,000 and I would like to thank everyone involved with the event."

In 1993 a funfair atmosphere invaded the tranquil amphitheatre in Barrow as thousands of people gathered for the 28th Rotary Gala.

The crowd was treated to a spectacular aerial display from daredevil Lancaster-based skydivers, the Black Knights.

Husband and wife parachutists Colin and Bernadette Whittaker, from Nelson near Burnley, were the last of the five-strong team to jump from the giddy height of 5,000ft.

There was plenty of other things to keep the crowd occupied.

Spaceball, bouncy-boxing and bar-fly were some of the modern attractions competing for attention alongside traditional sideshows including Punch and Judy and tap dancers.

Car hire manager Gordon Hall, of Buccleuch Street, Barrow, was kept busy with people wanting to know more about three of his classic cars which he had on display.

The centrepiece was an immaculate 1926 Chevrolet, which Mr Hall bought in Australia three years previously.

He said: "I bought it while I was on holiday and decided to bring it over. They're all right as long as you keep them clean and well maintained."