A dramatic air and sea 'rescue' proved to be the highlight of the spring fair held in Poole on April 30, 1990.

A helicopter from the Royal Navel search and rescue team from Portland hovered 15ft above the water as it winched two men to safety from their boat.

But the men, both local coastguards, weren't in any real danger. They were just taking part in demonstration for the action-packed event.

About 6,000 people attended the fair, which hoped to raise £1,500 for the mayor's charity, Age Concern.

The gates were due to open at 11am but people were queuing from 10.30am so the decision was made to open early.

There was plenty to keep the crowds entertained on the gloriously sunny spring day.