AN ILFRACOMBE residential home has marked its 60th anniversary celebrations with a special lunch for the elderly residents.

AN ILFRACOMBE residential home has marked its 60th anniversary celebrations with a special lunch for the elderly residents.

Staff and residents at the Susan Day Residential Home invited friends and family members to the get-together at the seafront home in Runnacleve Road.

Formerly known as South Lodge, the former family home was bequeathed to the Ilfracombe Old Peoples' Welfare Committee by the Day family in 1947. Given in memory of Susan Day, the home became the Susan Day Old People's Home in 1974, and the Susan Day Residential Home in 1998. A portrait of Mrs Day now hangs in the hallway as a permanent reminder of the family's generosity.

Cutting the cake to mark the anniversary was longest-serving resident Doris Adams, 93. Doris was a domestic at the home for 20 years until she became a resident herself in 1988.

"I have lived in Ilfracombe all my life and can remember the Day family that used to live here very well," she told the Gazette.

"Mr Day was a solicitor, while the mother had a drapers business in Ilfracombe High Street, where Rodds Electrical is now.

"I've seen a lot of alterations to the home over the years, but it is a wonderful place to live.

"We're well looked after and I have been very happy here."

Manager Cherry Wild said that it really was a home for the elderly people of Ilfracombe.

"The staff are local people and we have a tremendous number of residents that went to school together - it really is a home from home.