FIREWORKS will celebrate the 60th birthday of the last manned lightship moored at Harwich Quay.

Members of the public are being encouraged to line the quayside on Tuesday for the display at 8pm.

The LV18, the last manned Trinity House Lightvessel, was handed over to the corporation in 1958 by builders Philip and Son of Dartmouth.

Now owned by the Pharos Trust, the ship is a tourist attraction.

Tony O'Neil, curator and founder trustee said: "We have been looking forward to this occasion where we can mark the event with a reception during the day to celebrate this 60th anniversary of this fine old local vessel which continues to play a major role in the the development of tourism and economic regeneration of the Harwich area."

The fireworks, which will be followed by the lighting of the lantern, are part of an 11-day radio broadcast on the ship from August 9 to August 19.

Trustee, Alan Turner, is providing the fireworks as is also celebrating 60 years in radio broadcasting this year.

For more information visit