Floats, marching bands and dance troupes got the Haverigg Amenities Association third annual gala under way with a procession of noise and colour through the town’s streets in 1995.

The Fintstones and Snow White were just some of the colourful characters making a guest appearance.

The carnival was followed by a gala afternoon in the grounds of Millom rugby club.

There was plenty to keep the crowd of more than 2,500 entertained for the afternoon.

Various dancing competitions and a gymnastics display by the Millom gymnastics club had the crowd enthralled while the Ghost Riders Wild West team kept the action going with a mock shoot-out.

A tombola, rides, raffles and refreshment stalls also kept the crowds happy.

Money raised from the event would be used to build a new youth club for the town.

Haverigg Amenities Association secretary Heather Swales said: “It’s been a really good day.

“It’s taken 12 months to organise but when you see what a good time everybody’s having it’s worth it.”

More than £3,000 was raised from the event.

In 1997 more than 3,000 people turned out to watch the Haverigg Gala parade through the village.

The HM Coast Guard led the procession from Main Street to the Wilson Park rugby field.

They were followed by Barrow St Andrew’s Pipe Band, dancing troupes from Amanda’s School of Dancing, Helen’s School of Dancing, Christine Hart and Dorothy Kennedy’s School of Dancing, Sue’s School of Dancing, Dance Unlimited and Imperial School of Dancing.

Gala Queen Vicky Mathie, 11, from Haverigg School, officially opened the gala.

She said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in the gala.”

Other highlights on the field included Cumberland wrestling, car boot and table top sales, a bouncy castle and a small fair.

Carnival chairman David Foster said: “I am very pleased with the turnout. It’s been a great day.”

Proceeds from the day were to go towards a recreation youth club that was planned for the village by Haverigg Amenities Association.