Volunteers are at the heart of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution making up 95% of the organisation. Earlier in the year photographer Richard Oughton captured a series of striking portraits of Fylde Coast volunteers which also successfully raised money for this essential charity.
The RNLI is a registered charity run by volunteers to save lives at sea, a key service in Blackpool with our expanse of promenade and ocean. The Royal National Lifeboat Association was founded in 1824 as The Royal Institute for the Preservation of Lives and Property. Since 1824 the RNLI has saved 143,000 lives as well as provided youth education and water safety work – an extremely important, yet sometimes unseen service.
The powerful images of the Lifeboat crew speak for themselves (metaphorically) and were exhibited as part of a HiveArts project which displayed artwork in a series of tram shelters spanning the length of Blackpool promenade. The perfect spot for portraits of Blackpool’s lifeguard service.
If you were lucky, you may have caught sight of the powerful portraits displayed in Blackpool’s Promenade tram stops up to September 2021.
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