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After many years in the Royal Air Force and a posting to RAF Coltishall Wally also created the Solarscope mobile disco's with gigs as far as Manchester. He was resident DJ at Scamps Nightclub in Norwich during the 70's and had a show on Hospital Radio Norwich.
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Radio Car Journeys 3-7 November 2008.

Monday and I was in a huge warehouse that's the main distribution point for QD stores. Justin Farrington-Smith (pictured) is the Group MD and we were talking about the cut price business in these days of financial constraint. They expect a good Christmas this year.
Tuesday morning at Potters Leisure Village where there was an overnight fire in the laundry room and workshops. The roof's gone and the place gutted. Fortunately no-one was hurt or injured but the building's a write-off!
This week it was announced that a new eco-town is proposed for Rackheath in preference to Coltishall airbase. I'm in the village with the radio car to visit one resident who's part of a protest group who don't want it built there.
During the early show the studio blacks out as the power fails and we wonder what caused it. Then I start to get calls that traffic lights are out in the city. It's barely light before I take up a position at the junction of Dereham Road and Old Palace Road. I'm amazed by the wreckless way people approach the junction and there's a couple of near misses. There's still some homes without power Thursday morning!
We're talking about market towns and villages and the effect that large scale housing development can have so I set up the radio car in Acle to talk to locals there. We conclude that people mostly choose to live in a place that's comfortable for THEM and big expansion schemes ruin that idyll.
Friday I was despatched on another Radio Car Roulette mission. The producer allows me to wander freely around Norfolk to find a story. In the village of Briggate I'm told the story of the mill that burned down and how, after thirty years of standing derelict the locals want to claim part of the land for a village green.
If you want to see more about this go to their web site at
http://www.norfolkmills.co.uk/Watermills/briggate.html

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