The generous Banbury public laughed all the way to the bank as the town fell in the grip of Comic Relief Day.
As reported in the Banbury Guardian on February 11 1988, a contagious rash of red noses erupted throughout the area as normally sane individuals developed a tendency to ridicule themselves.
The symptoms were obvious – teachers fell prey to their pupils, townsfolk walked the streets in fancy dress and almost everyone became very free with their money in a laugh-a-minute day.
Staff from Miss Selfridge raised more than £110 when they crawled around local pubs in the evening and women from Smiths Concrete donned fancy dress to raise £200. Pictured are regulars at the Blacklock Arms in Middleton Road who raised £400 in a 24-hour pool marathon.