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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, August 24, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue 24 - 28 August


WASPS! That's the topic for Monday and I'm at Ketterigham recycling centre to meet up with Graham Limer of Pest Solution Ltd.. Interestingly, it won't be until we have a couple of frosts that the problem will go away. He demonstrated one bit of kit that he got from France. In the box is a plunger that acts as a sucker with a number of different sized 'cups' you put on the end. Although the picture's a bit fuzzy, you can see how it draw on your skin and hopefully suck out any poison from the sting. You'd have to act fast though before it entered your bloodstream!

Tuesday out across the field where sheep have been grazing at Caistor St.Edmund. Treading carefully I'm with Professor Will Bowden. His team are about to begin an archaelogical excavation of the field adjacent to the Roman fort. Geo-phys have pinpointed some interesting features beneath the surface and they hope to prove that the site was occupied in the iron age long before they fell under the centurions sandal!
Then to the postcode of NR26 (Sheringham, Upper Sheringham and Beeston Regis. My mission, to climb to the top of the Beeston Bump. I've never been to the houses that stand high up the 45 degree slope. Just look at the views out to sea and inland over the top of Sheringham. There was a lot of panting on the mike!

Wednesday and a trip to Briggate on the old North Walsham & Dilham canal. Here's the old lock and the mill before it burnt down in the 70's. This pic was taken in its heyday when the wherries came up the canal. Locals are hoping to claim the land between the mill and the canal as common land as an amenety. They're making progress but like all these issues, it takes time. Then over to the coast road to Bacton and the Dolls Museum and Hospital run by Margaret Pooley. The collection started when she dug up a dolls head in a tip at Trowse. Can't tell you why she was digging in a tip in the first place but now, many years on, she has requests from all over the world to repair dolls. She would never part with any of her own though. If you have a doll that needs some TLC call her on 01692 650738.

Thursday and we exclusively reveal that the Open Academy has doubled it's success rate for GCSE's. Duty Principal Alex Hayes came in early to give me the news. After that I'm off to Riverside to see the last section of the new footbridge arrive on the lorry. Soon, it'll be in place and they hope to have the new link open by the weekend although looking at the site there's still a lot to do. Perhaps the last cosmetic bits will be done after the weekend? Mike Loveday, Chief executive of the Norwich Heritage and Regeneration Trust looks over the river from the work gantry.


An exciting Friday to round off the week. The postcode lottery takes me to NR6 and the site of Hellesdon Mill - long gone now but remembered by Jonathan Neville who's an expert on the 800 mills in Norfolk. Check out his website at http://www.norfolkmills.co.uk/windmills.html
Then to meet Heidi Amber and Kerry at the Bridge PH at Lenwade. After the battle of their "No Stink Campaign" with Banham Compost, they now want to raise money for a new village hall. Fundraising begins tomorrow (Saturday) with a fete at the pub starting at 12 noon. There's a fabulous garden and lake at the back of the pub. Very deceptive if you've ever passed it and thought it's just a car park!
Then the call goes out for me to chase over to Shropham where a fire has destroyed all the units on an industrial site. Thanks to Claire, Sarah and Leigh-Ann who sent me the photo. Their mobile phone video was used by Look East and I got my camera out of the radio car for the Look East Bulletin. All in all an excellent end to what's been a busy week!

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