The charity’s rescued 146,000 in that time, thanks to volunteer crews and lifeguards.

Tower remains the busiest in the country followed by Chiswick.

The Chiswick team issued a statement ahead of the service today; “we are immeasurably proud to have served for 200 years and counting! On this date in 1824, the RNLI was founded in a humble pub in Bishopsgate, the City Of London by Sir William Hillary.”

Max Burnett helps by giving his time to the centre in Whitby, which he says is hard work on top of a full time job.

A service of thanksgiving is being held at Westminster Abbey later.