Funny ways to raise money for Comic Relief 1989

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Life can be taken far too seriously, so when the opportunity to mess around comes along you should grab it with both hands.

And if that messing around is for a good cause, no one can tell you to act your age.

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Such was the case for this bunch of Crawley folk in 1989 when they did daft deeds for Comic Relief.

The pictures were published in the Observer in March of that year, when the cash raised by this gang of weird and wonderful people was added to the £20million raised all over the country.

Among those who took part were Rachel Frisby, of Thomas Bennett School, who raised £30 by carrying around a plate of cold beans all day – which she then had to eat.

Mike Wakefield and Kevin Webber put on very fetching frocks when they joined Trisha Isaacs and Guy Omidge on a Virgin stall in Queens Square.

David Hens and Andrew Sheader also gave their legs an airing when they donned skirts, wellies and garters while working for Ratedale Security.

There was loads of fun at the town’s schools, though Terry Allot, headteacher of Broadfield East Middle School, found himself desperately in need of a shower.

The children took great delight in smearing him in noxious substances in their very own gunge tank.

There was no gunge in sight at the school’s Red Nose Day show, when Steven Thama showed his moves as a Michael Jackson look-a-like.

Over at Ifield Middle School there were red noses all round as the children raised money with a bring and buy sale; while at Copthorne Junior School, headteacher Alistair Hawtin allowed eight-year-old Susan Malroney to shave off half his beard. Brave man!

Of all those who took part in Comic Relief in 1989, Cottesmore schoolgirl Katherine Burns probably remembered it with the biggest smile.

She took on Olympic hockey star Sean Kerley in a dribbling duel – and she won.

Do you recognise any of the fun-loving fundraisers in there pictures?

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