MORE than 100 people flocked to the Factory in Barnstaple on Monday to meet YouTube sensations Zoella Sugg, Jim Chapman and Frankie Vu.
The online stars were in North Devon to kick start the nationwide spotlight tour for the National Citizen Service (NCS), an organisation for which they are all ambassadors.
NCS is a three-week programme that helps 16 and 17 year olds discover their talents and build life and work skills and is now recognised by UCAS as a sought after addition to CVs.
Zoella, Jim and Frankie all have a huge presence on YouTube, with a combined following of 2.2 million subscribers.
Zoella alone has 1.5 million followers, and makes videos on fashion and beauty as well as more serious videos about her anxiety issues and how to deal with panic attacks.
NCS organised a “tweetup” for the stars to meet their subscribers at Petroc’s The Factory, and to give people the opportunity to find out a bit more about NCS.
Recruitment assistant for NCS at Petroc, Rhi Leeds said she was thrilled with the turn out: “The night was a roaring success and well over 100 young people showed up.”
As part of the spotlight tour, NCS is finding individuals from all over the country to take part in a YouTube series to promote NCS and recognise outstanding achievements nationwide.
The NCS tour bus also went to Croyde on Monday, where the team filmed a video with 17-year-old local surfer Taz Knight, who has placed on the podium in many national surfing competitions.
The Croyde episode of the series will be uploaded in August to the NCS YouTube channel www.youtube.com/NCSyes
To find out more about NCS or to sign up visit www.NCSyes.co.uk