After the Bank Holiday it's off to North Walsham where the former Woolworths Store is about to become a new QD store! With just ten days to go before opening, Nicola Waterman (pic left) and her team are recruiting. There's about 70 arrive in the first hour and they're there from 9am to 6pm so stiff competition for the 25 or so jobs available. Town Mayor Brian Wexler (pic right) is pleased that it won't remain just a boarded up shop in the market place. He can remember when it was a pub that he frequented!
Wednesday and with no specific interviews arranged, the Producer (she who MUST be obeyed) instructed me to tour Norfolks Pay & Display car parks on the coastline. This follows Great Yarmouth putting their prices up to the dismay of local traders. North Norfolk District Council has a set price policy on all their car parks setting the max at £5 per day. There's a small Trust car park at Sea Palling for just £1 a day and it seems that the pay and display at Happisburg has been lifted leaving it free to park there. Not very attractive though. In contrast (pics left to right) Overstrand has a new toilet building that's clean. The view over the edge is amazing. Sheringhams long stay park looks out over the sea.
Thursday and busy! Left to right. Colin Bottjer, Contracts & Purchasing Manager for Norfolk County Council at Sprowston Marriott Hotel. Today they're targetting local businesses to show them how to win deals. Middle - Wendy Valentine at Hillside Animal Sanctuary. They recently sent out a letter to their patrons asking if they could contribute more. Having cut back on staff the crunch is still biting and more people are abandoning their pets adding to the pressure on sanctuaries like this one. Right - Paul Skinner in his shop on City View Road off the ring road. He started keeping reptiles when he was 8 years old and has run the shop for the past 11 years. He even does tubs of live crickets and locusts!
Friday and I'm walking the streets getting a feel for the subject. Meeting me on top of the Castle Gardens (left) Nathan Williamson from the Safer Neighbourhoods Action Panel and Sgt. Sarah Cubitt from Norfolk Police. Nathan is co-ordinator of the "Streetmeeting" tomorrow which aims to bring generations together to overcome anti-social behaviour. We're talking about understanding each other and how first impressions can't always paint the real picture and, whilst we're on air, a Goth walks past and I refer to someone like him as a prime example of what we're discussing! As the interview ends, Stephen in the studio suggests that I find the guy and talk to him. A tall order because he's now long gone. Derigging the radio car I toured the City but decided that, even if I did spot him, I'd then have trouble parking up to stop him so - I parked the car back at the charging point at the side of the Forum and went back to the Studio. AND GUESS WHAT? He's sitting right there having a coffee !! (Pic right) Sholtan (Scottish name) joined us in the Studio. Stephen now looks "well ard" with his shaven head but nothing as scary as Sholtans recently acquired contact lenses, Skull buckle belt, black everything and white make-up. So is he like his outer image? NO. His soft spoken educated voice came from a public school education in Surrey. He's into music and plays in a band and wears this look to stand out from the crowd. He doesn't know how long he'll stay like this but what's the problem. He does get treated differently because of this image but it doesn't bother him but it DID illustrate our point that you can't judge a book by its cover!