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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, July 6, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue 6 - 10 July

Monday and I'm at the Banningham home of Joe & Liza whose wedding plans have been thwarted by the sudden closure of Aldborough Hall. Not only that but their band was also booked to play at the venue for other wedding parties which have now all been cancelled. Apart from losing the £1500 deposit thay now have just weeks to find a new venue for their own wedding. Next, a happier story about a man who's made a shed out of mud. It looks like a bungalow but this structure in the back garden of carpenter Michael Thompson's home in Potter Heigham is in the final of Shed Of The Year! Michael has people from across the globe coming to learn the technique which involves compressing the soil until it forms a solid block. I was impressed and wish him luck in the final.
See more about this at http://www.rammedearth.webs.com/
Tuesday and a beautiful morning for a drive out to Hickling Broad. The Pleasure Boat Inn will be re-opening Thursday 16th July but the new landlord wants all the boats moored there to move by then. I spoke to Sean Lock, one of those affected and they're having a meeting with the site owners Enterprise Inns and the new landlord tonight. We'll watch this story. We're also keeping an eye on the roads. Here's the A47 flyover at the Thickthorn roundabout. The markings are all but worn away and the road surface itself (look at the dark patches) is wearing away and rough as hell!

Wednesday and although the wind is strong on the coast at Walcott, it's mild and bearable. Not like the winter months when this part of the coastline gets battered. The issue is over flood warning sirens which the locals would prefer to keep but it could be that beaurocracy sees them taken down. Pictured is Paul Woolston, chairman of Walcott Emergency Volunteers Association. Still on the coast I'm off next to Hemsby Primary School where PE and school sports co-ordinator Ryan Freeman is preparing for todays sports day followed by community activities which will be part of the Village Festival 18/19 July.
Grapes! It's Thursday and at Spooner Row, down a little back lane, I find Chris Hatto, manager of a vineyard! Now that the climate is warming up he says it's possible to make good wine right here in Norfolk. This year should produce a good crop and after eight years of hard work they're about to start selling it! Chapelfield Vineyard is also growing red grapes and their product goes on sale in a months time. Now, from making money to taking money. Here's Keith Wickes who's been in the clamping business for years. It's a privately run company but the RAC Foundation has criticised them saying that clamping can amount to a breach of human rights. It was a much debated topic by callers to Breakfast With Bumfrey.
What a way to finish the week. Down at the seaside in sunny Hunny. Hunstanton puts on the fifth Lifestyles Festival. BMXing, kite surfing, in-line skating and street culture with music and street art. All happening for the next three days. Pictured left to right, Stuart Moore, Commodore of the Hunstanton Sailing Club, Steve Mufitt, kite instructor, Tony Devenish, sport development officer King's Lynn & West Norfolk Council and Claire Gulliver from Norfolk County Council.

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