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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, March 23, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue 23 - 27 March 2009


Monday and quite a runaround morning! First here's Bernie Reddington on the left. She's blind and has campaigned with many others to get the same mobility benefits as any other disabled person. The difference is about £29 a week but the change in the law won't come into effect until April 2011! Next I meet the farmer who triggered all the calls today. (Sorry - triggered may not be the right word!) He wants people to come and shoot the pidgeons on his land, Tower Farm at Bintree. Peter Howell (centre pic) told me how they'd eaten up to thousand pounds worth of seed in just one week. Not all listeners were happy at the thought of pidgeon pie! Well, what about worms then? I'm back on the community allotment with the Rev'd Philip Young. Such an interesting man of the cloth who knows his worms and his compost. The allotment is now well dug over and ready for planting. That's the pallets he's using for the new composter on the right of the pic and if you click to see the enlarged image you'll see how he's digging so quickly his hands are actually blurred!!!!
Tuesday and the 90th anniversary of the Norfolk Federation of the WI at St.Andrews Hall. Pictured Cindy Brooks their Secretary who was there to meet me. Some 750 members out of 5000 in Norfolk will be there today to mark the ocassion. Then I was off for a brief encounter with David Turner who is celebrating 21 years of running Wymondham Station. He saved it from demolition and opened the "Brief Encounter" restaurant now renowned locally but it WASN'T where the film of that name was made. He's pictured in the Station Masters lounge. Finally, to the Chapel of St.Thomas a Beckett in the centre of Wymondham. Formerly belonging to the old Grammar School then used as the towns library, here we see John Wood (Chairman of Wymondham Arts Forum) and Rachel Long (local sculptor) looking over the interior as she plans the layout for her first art exhibition there.
Stepping carefully between the piles of poo I'm down at Horning where the yacht club have a problem with the geese. Vice President Rodney Storey (right) and Colin Facey (left obviously!) with one of the offending birds pictured between them. Just after the shutter went the bird 'did one' to add to their slippery piles on the quay heading. The solution - grin and bear it! Then I'm at the Big C Shop in the city centre where PR person Sharon Hulbert is showing me her first floor collection of wedding dresses. Together with bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride outfits, this idea has been a great money spinner for them - and great money saver for many about to take their vows!
Thursday and we have a schools day today. As the radio car has to be in Gorleston early for the day I only have one trip to make. Pictured are Deputy Head Piers Ranger and Asst. Head Teacher Richard Dolding at Earlham High School. Having just been taken off special measures after two years, the governing team also won a national award for its work in challenging circumastances.
Friday and we're looking ahead to the weekend when all the clocks move forward one hour on Saturday Night. Here at Blickling Hall, I don't suppose Anne Boleyn will make an appearance at midnight but House Steward Kenny Grey and his colleagues will be putting all their clocks forward. Meanwhile I move on to Edgefield to talk with nursery owner Gary Sillis. Here he is in one of the large greenhouses where he's bringing on this years flowers and shrubs. Because of the exchange rate and other factors it's now more economical for him to grow from seed rather than import young plants from Europe.

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