RAISING money for hospital scanners has been a popular activity over the years, with many choosing to wear a fancy dress outfit or try something unusual in the name of charity.

The Harefield Carnival 25 years ago was no different, with villagers forgetting their day jobs to begin clowning around - and all for a good cause.

Back in May 1984, Harefield High Street was filled with floats taking part in the carnival procession as hundreds turned out to see comedian Eric Morecambe.

The streets became a hive of activity, thanks to a range of performers including a family of clowns consisting of a wife, husband and son, and pupils from Harefield Junior School, who took part in the occasion.

The procession began at the Horse and Barge pub in Moorhall Road, going all the way up to Harefield Hospital in Hill End Road.

Mr Morecambe was on hand to judge the children's fancy dress, and meet the winners of the popular float competition. He spent most of the afternoon chatting to fans and signing autographs.

The comic made regular appearances in Harefield during the 1980s to show his appreciation for the hospital staff who performed life-saving surgery on him after he suffered a series of heart attacks.

He often spent time talking to patients at the hospital.

Carnival displays ranged from the traditional to the bizarre, with vintage cars on show, as well as live steam engines, motorcycle rides, a Punch and Judy show and a collection of cross-dressers.

Carnival committee chairman of the time, Eric Wright, expressed his satisfaction that the carnival managed to raise as much as £3,700, despite the freezing cold weather.

Even in 2009, raising money for scanners and Harefield Hospital still goes on.

Last month the Harefield Pubin the High Street, held a special 70s and 80s fancy dress evening to keep the tradition alive and kicking.