From fancy dress to Bollywood-style dancing, north Northumberland was alive and kicking with the Red Nose Day spirit.
Fund-raisers of all ages joined in the fun to help raise money for Comic Relief last week.
Alnwick residents along Percy Terrace, Hope Terrace and South Street were set the challenge of flaunting their knockers by creating a red nose-themed decoration for their front doors and raising sponsorship for their efforts.
A Kn-oscars Night party was held last Friday and Number 3 South Street was voted the winner.
More than £500 has been raised for the cause, although money is still coming in.
Elizabeth Angier, project organiser, said: “It was all to support Comic Relief and the efforts spoke for themselves – creativity which deserved a place on the Turner Prize shortlist.”
The town’s Sainsbury’s store raised around £8,000 through merchandising and activities in the shop.
As part of the Red Nose Day efforts, the Willowburn Avenue-based supermarket held a Maltesers challenge, colleagues dressed in superhero outfits and John Bromley, the store’s Comic Relief coordinator, had his head shaved.
Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School raised just over £1,000 for the cause.
The whole school wore red and there was also a bake sale.
Students at Amble’s James Calvert Spence College supported Red Nose Day in style with a combination of activities and bizarre outfits.
The younger students at the South Avenue site dressed as characters from their favourite books, as part of World Book Week, or in other fancy dress outfits.
During assembly, the more formal proceedings were abandoned and replaced by a dance exhibition and stand-up comedians from the tutor groups.
Year 12 students and the school canteen baked and sold specially-decorated biscuits and Year 8 student, Zac Coils, dressed as a mime artist and spent the day in total silence, raising well over £60 for his mute efforts.
The students and staff from Acklington Road also joined in with the fund-raising.
The daily assembly saw staff playing Russian Roulette with eggs, specially prepared by the chemistry department, filled with soot, gravy and a strange and pungent variety of powders and liquids.
There was also fancy dress, a sponsored leg-wax and a Harlem Shuffle.
Executive headteacher Christine Graham said: “The students and staff entered into the spirit of the event with their usual good humour, enthusiasm and generosity and so far we have raised, across both sites, more than £950, and the money is still coming in.”
Ellingham CofE Aided First School also joined in with the Red Nose Day fun, raising £170 for the cause.
One of the pupils made T-specs balloons to sell, another sold cupcakes and biscuits and everyone at the school wore something red.
There was also a chance to dance, with parents/carers joining in with some Bollywood-style dancing.
It was a sea of red at Thropton Village First School, which had a non-uniform day.
The school collected £57 for the Red Nose Day fund.