RESIDENTS will have the exciting opportunity to see an iconic lifeboat when it stops at a station for the night.

Lifeboat 52-02 is the second Arun class boat to be built in 1973 and will be stopping at the Harwich RNLI lifeboat station, at Harwich’s Pier, on its journey to London.

She served all her time in Guernsey and is most famous for the Bonita rescue in 1981, which was a mission to save 29 people from a boat in the English Channel.

The lifeboat is in the process of being restored to as near to her former appearance as possible in Northumberland.

Colin Trowles said he bought the boat last year because it is such an iconic vessel.

He said: “I believed this vessel needed to be restored and kept for the public to learn about her famous history.

“We will be stopping at Harwich and Maldon for the night and people will be able to come down and see it, take pictures of it and if time allows- even come aboard.”

The boat will stop at the Harwich RNLI lifeboat station tomorrow, and at Maldon the next day.