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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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Monday, December 15, 2008

Radio Car Travelogue 15 - 19 December

Monday and we continue with Extreme Norfolk on Breakfast. Today - busy roads and this junction at Lawn Avenue/Caister Road/Northgate Street. As you can see, the shortcut to Great Yarmouth has been closed for roadworks which means everything has to go down Lawn Avenue into the town. According to Council statistics, this stretch of road is the busiest in Norfolk.




Tuesday and I'm playing Postie for Sandra Colley who couldn't get to the door before the Postie popped a card through her letterbox to say he couldn't deliver a parcel. Sandra's slightly infirm and had to come down the stairs. After trying to phone - no success - order a redilvery on-line - no success - she called in the A-Team , well me and my colleagues and I delivered it on-air this morning.
Next pics left to right. Extreme Norfolk and our quest for the smallest habitable building. First is Thurton Lodges, Langley Park followed by the little thatched house in the May Gurney yard on the River Yare at Thorpe. Michael Knights, Heritage and Landscapes Manager for Norfolk County Council at the door of the Bedrrom Lodge and last Robert John Chubbock caretaker at the door of the Living Room Lodge.
Wednesday and we're going into the deep for Extreme Norfolk. Here's the view of Cromer seafront as the sun was trying to come up. Apparanetly offshore at Weybourne is the deepest part of the North Sea around our coastline. Pictured left is Chris Wake, manager of Cristal Seas Scuba Centre which recently moved to the Boundary on Cromer Road. If you listened to Breakfast With Bumfrey you'll have heard the guy on the right telling his story of how he nearly lost his life diving. For all of that, many people explore the dozens of wrecks to be found in the waters off Norfolk despite the fact that the water can be very cold and the visibility poor. The best window for diving around here is May to September so you'll have to wait a bit now if you're thinking of taking the plunge !

Thursday morning the first job is to visit All Saints Church at Little Melton which has been decorated for Christmas using rubbish! Yes, Green Christmas is the theme. Look at the potato head Nativity and the tree has been made out of drinks cans!


Next, Extreme Norfolk and today we asked for the largest living family - here's Les Grayston, one of 16 children and Mum's still alive and well at 80!
Les told some wonderful tales of five in a bed and how feeding time was non-stop. Life's a bit easier for him these days!

Friday finds me near Melton Constable so I couldn't resist looking up some old railway memorabilia. These are the old cast iron water towers where the engines would fill up at the marshalling yard in the days when this was the 'Crewe' of Norfolk. For Extreme Norfolk I'm off next door to Briston where I met up with Kay (pic) who revealed the extent of their ameneties. We had numerous calls and nominations but I was impressed by what this village has to offer. And so ends another week on the road!

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