A life-saving defibrillator has been placed at Ilfracombe Pier in memory of a well-known local man who was born and spent most of his life on the quay,

The equipment on the wall of the harbour office has been provided by The Dolphin and proprietor Steve Kelleher in memory of his father David Jackson, who was 75 when he died.

Mr Jackson was born at Slipway Cottage and was well known on the Quay – he ran The Dolphin with his wife Caroline but also owner The Britannia for 17 years as well as having his own fishing charter boat.

There is another defibrillator by the lifeboat station but it would be a long way if an incident happened on the pier.

Steve said permission had been granted by previous harbour master Rob Lawson and electrician Ben Langham gave his time free to install it, while David Shaddick of DDS First Aid Training helped advise what to buy and has offered to arrange free training for up to 10 people.

Steve added: “We could have put in a bench in his memory but we thought let’s do something more positive.

“If something happens, it will be available there on that car park, instead of trying to go around to the other side.”