THE Wave on Whitehaven harbour was lit up blue to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease. 

The iconic structure sits at the centre of the marina and is a focal point for those who visit the area. 

Blue lights were shone from the sculpture on Friday, July 21, to mark Global MND Awareness Day. 

It can be seen from almost all parts of the harbour, and nowadays The Wave is often lit up in different colours in support of charities or cultural events. 

Back in 2023, the sculpture was lit up for the first time in many years to mark the coronation of King Charles. 

The Wave has since been lit regularly to mark an array of events. 

In a post on social media, the Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners wrote: "Today is Global MND Awareness Day and our Wave will be lit blue this evening to help raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.

"MND affects the nerves known as motor neurones. These nerves tell your muscles what to do and are found in the brain and spinal cord. If you have MND, this means your movement will be affected and you are likely to get a wide range of symptoms.

"The blue cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) is the symbol of hope for MND around the world because of its fragile appearance but hardy nature.

"Like the cornflower, people living with MND show remarkable strength in coping with this devastating disease.

"You'll find lots more information, including ways you can help and support, on the MND Association's website."