Lynn’s dynamic duo use scooters to aid community

Steven Cable and his dog Bobby (right) on their TGA Vita X with James McKenzie and Snoopy on their TGA Vita S mobility scooter. ANL-160706-163219001
Steven Cable and his dog Bobby (right) on their TGA Vita X with James McKenzie and Snoopy on their TGA Vita S mobility scooter. ANL-160706-163219001

Dog owners Steven Cable, 61, and James McKenzie, 80, from Lynn, have teamed up on sporty black mobility scooters to help friends in need.

Mr Cable, a former construction machinery operator and HGV driver took early retirement after major spinal surgery, and now lives with many conditions that affect his health, hence the scooter to remain independent.

But he continues to look after Pepper Green Park by cleaning up litter and notifying the council about graffiti when travelling around on his rugged 8mph Vita X scooter.

He also continues to campaign for more children’s playground equipment.

This commitment earned him a West Norfolk Council civic award for Outstanding Voluntary Services for the Benefit of the Community.

His friend Mr McKenzie had previously struggled to keep up with his own daily good deeds until he too owned a TGA mobility scooter.

Originally from Glasgow, James or ‘Jimbo’ to his friends moved to Lynn in 1971 and before retirement worked with agricultural equipment and was a groundsman.

Mr McKenzie continues to enjoy the outdoors and benefit from fresh air on his scooter – the reason for a long healthy life according to him. He drives to visit a friend who has had a stroke everyday to take his friend out in his wheelchair and regularly delivers his shopping on his scooter.

Mr Cable said: ‘My local park is now so clean and well looked after it is encouraging all visitors to keep it that way. I’m pretty sure the coverage in the newspapers about my mission has also made locals more considerate. I’m chuffed to bits with the award and will carry on with my mission for as long as I can.

“When I have time I really enjoy driving side-by-side with Jimbo, he is a very dear friend to me and a real gentleman. He goes on his Vita seven days a week, up to three times a day, to help his friend John who has had a stroke and uses a wheelchair.

“Jimbo has also helped me when I have been ill and taken my Cairn Terrier Bobby for walks with his own Jack Russell, Snoopy.”

Mr McKenzie said: “I haven’t driven anything since my Ford Anglia back in 1953! I can now go to the doctors and town or wherever I want to without a bus or taxi.

“It’s funny really as Steven says I used to be easy to get hold of but now I’m always off on missions helping John and other friends with their shopping or just going for a spin. Steven does a great job looking after the park.”