COUNTRYMAN Johnny Kingdom swapped his four-wheel drive for a mobility scooter in Barnstaple on Friday to help Go North Devon get off the ground. It was Go Johnny Go as the popular Exmoor TV star cut a celebratory cake and then took a ride on a scooter. Th

COUNTRYMAN Johnny Kingdom swapped his four-wheel drive for a mobility scooter in Barnstaple on Friday to help Go North Devon get off the ground.It was Go Johnny Go as the popular Exmoor TV star cut a celebratory cake and then took a ride on a scooter.The Northern Devon Community Transport Association, which provides a range of community transport and mobility services has changed its name to Go North Devon and Johnny was there to announce it.After his ride on the scooter, he told the Gazette that this was the first time he had ridden on this sort of transport and thought it was marvelous."They are so easy to use and they are comfortable," he said. "It is a wonderful idea for those people who cannot otherwise get to the shops. "There are a lot of people who are not enjoying life because they cannot get out. This is wonderful and enables people to travel."The charity organisation is best known for running the Barnstaple Shopmobility service, which loans wheelchairs and electric scooters to up to 100 people with mobility problems every week. It also runs the popular Ring and Ride minibus scheme, which enables people living in outlying areas to visit Barnstaple town centre regularly. It is hoped the new name will better reflect the range of services and volunteering opportunities it offers.To find out more about the services of Go North Devon, volunteering or making a donation, visit the Shopmobility Centre or call Sharon or Malcolm on (01271) 328866.