Pupils at Ulverston Victoria High School received the warm praise of both their former and present headmasters in December 1987.

John Davidson, who had retired as head during the summer, joined his successor, Brian Dower, for the high school’s sixth form prizegiving.

Both men complimented the pupils throughout the school for their hard work and achievements.

Mr Davidson, who presented the prizes and certificates, spoke warmly of the examination successes of the summer. Around 80 high school pupils went on to degree courses after leaving Ulverston.

But Mr Davidson also offered praise to the younger pupils. He said the 1986-87 year had proved a good period throughout the school.

Mr Dower congratulated A level pupils on their ‘outstanding results’, but he was also keen to draw attention to the achievements of prize-winners in the fourth and lower sixth forms.

The 1987 A level results saw impressive displays in all subjects. There were eight A grades in English Literature, nine A grades in History, and seven A grades in Biology.

Bank holiday Monday in August 1989 provided the perfect opportunity for 20 children to enjoy Ulverston’s new gymkhana.

The event, launched by Vivien Greenhow who ran the Newlands Green equestrian centre, drew 40 riders to compete in the 16 classes.

“It was really good fun and people were saying what a nice relaxing day it was,” said Vivien. “Now they want us to organise another before the end of the year.”

The children stole the show, competing in games classes including egg-and-spoon races on horseback and sack races with ponies following along behind.

“Everyone ended up with a rosette before the end of the day,” said Vivien.

In June 1991 junior showjumpers headed for the annual Black Combe gymkhana at the Mains, Millom.

Popular local winners were Alan Hadwin, of Broughton, riding Paddy’s Market in the 14.2 competition and Heather Proctor from Marton riding Susie in the 13.2 event.