One of north Devon's most famous landmarks will be lit up blue on Tuesday 12 May in honour of the NHS.

Damien Hirst's Verity statue, which stands on the harbourside in Ilfracombe, will become a beacon of blue to mark North Devon Healthcare Trust's 'Light Up Blue' campaign.

The date was originally intended to mark the the 200th Birthday of Florence Nightingale and celebrate the year of the nurse and midwife. However, with the importance of the entire National Health Service coming to the forefront during the Coronavirus outbreak the campaign was changed to encompass to celebrate all NHS heroes working hard on the front line to keep the residents of north Devon safe during these unprecedented times.

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: "Along with Ilfracombe Town Council, we are proud to support our local NHS trust with their #LightUpBlue campaign and are happy to do our part to show our love for the amazing NHS staff who are putting their lives on the line each and every day during this dreadful coronavirus outbreak. We applaud you and all keyworkers who are working to keep essential services running every day."

If you would like to take part in this campaign you can turn you own space blue in any way you wish - your home, windows or even yourself and share the pictures on social media with the hashtag #lightupforNHS.