THERE were double celebrations as residents of Concord, Stroud District Council’s sheltered housing scheme in Nailsworth, celebrated the refurbishment of their homes 50 years after they were first built.

And it’s no coincidence that this year marks 50 years since the maiden flight of the supersonic airline passenger of (almost) the same name.

The sheltered housing scheme was named as it was built in the same year as the aeroplane’s maiden voyage between Filton in Bristol, and RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

Concord’s oldest resident, who was also its first scheme warden, Wyn Gardiner cut the ribbon at a ceremony attended by residents, councillors, members of the council’s project team, and contractors.

The refurbishment at Concord included installing a lift and 12 scooter stores, creating an open plan communal lounge and kitchen, refurbishing an enclosed patio area, and replacing fire doors and the fire alarm system.

Cllr Chas Townley, chair of Stroud District Council’s Housing Committee said: “The high quality improvements undertaken at Concord will enable this scheme to support the residents and wider community as one of our independent living hubs.

"The hubs will enable residents to continue living in their own homes for longer."

Residents continued the anniversary celebration with a party for friends and families.