A historic alley will be lit up in honour of the RNLI as the life-saving institution celebrates its 200th anniversary.

Bottle Alley on Hastings seafront is often illuminated in a multi-coloured nightly light show.

Those lights will all be turned yellow this evening in honour of the lifeboat charity as it marks its bicentenary.

Hastings Borough Council, which organise the light displays, said: “To mark the RNLI’s 200th birthday we will be turning the lights yellow in Bottle Alley tonight.

“Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, the charity’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 144,000 lives.”

Bottle Alley is often lit up on special occasions, to mark historical events or to support important causes.

The alley is so named because of the multi-coloured glass embedded in its walls.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is celebrating its 200th anniversary with a host of events today.

The volunteer service has scores of stations dotted across the country including in Brighton, Shoreham and Newhaven.

A service of thanksgiving took place at Westminster Abbey earlier today, attended by representatives from RNLI lifesaving communities across the UK and Ireland.