Mural artist Lewis Hobson has completed his work of art on the gable end of the Ship Inn at the Headland Hartlepool that shows the Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat 'Betty Huntbatch' with volunteer crew on board heading out to sea on a stormy day.
Using photographs for reference provided by Hartlepool RNLI press officer Tom Collins the 28 year old from Durham City took about a month to complete the project which has also seen members of the public donate online for the charity that saves lives at sea.
Lewis said "I wanted to paint something for the RNLI to pay tribute to all the volunteer crewmembers who risk their lives at sea and do so much for us in the community. The support for both the mural and the local RNLI crew has been amazing with countless people stopping me and giving their opinions about the mural and the volunteer lifeboat crew."
Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said "Lewis has done an amazing job which not only brightens up the Headland but highlights the risks and dangerous situations the volunteer crew may have to face when at sea."
Lewis is looking for businesses or sponsors to help him work in communities that need brightening up and also create some community engagement at the same time.
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.