Future is orange and blue for lifeboat team

Blackpool RNLI Atlantic 85 William & Eleanor launches through the surf

Blackpool RNLI Atlantic 85 William & Eleanor launches through the surf

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Blackpool Tower is to turn blue and orange at the weekend to mark the 150 th anniversary of the resort’s lifeboat rescue service.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) volunteers have been saving lives at sea off Blackpool’s coast since 1864.

In that time the boats have launched on more than 1,900 occasions, rescuing 625 people from the Irish sea.

To mark the RNLI’s anniversary, the Tower will be lit up in the organisation’s colours of blue and orange over the weekend.

The heart at the centre of the Tower will also display the number 150.

Volunteer RNLI branch chairman Ian Butter said: “The RNLI has a very long and proud history of saving lives at sea in Blackpool.

“Our 150th birthday is a significant milestone and we are thrilled that it is being recognised by Blackpool Tower.

“It is a huge honour for our volunteers to have one of the best loved landmarks in the country dressed in orange and blue, the trademark colours of the RNLI. We are very grateful to Blackpool Tower and hope that this weekend will help to raise awareness of the RNLI’s work.”

The RNLI operates more than 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and is dependent on voluntary contributions.