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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 3, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue 3 - 7 August.


Another week begins and I'm finding out about the car sharing scheme at Reepham. Left, organiser Rex Warner with the first customer to use the facility, Louisa. You don't have to live in Reepham to use the vehicles (2 VW's) and Norfolk leads the way again! Then my producer dispatches me to Deopham for the Postcode lottery. NR18 - find something Wally ! Look what I came across. It's 100 years old this year and is the home of Jane (pictued on the veranda) outside her "Old Tin School". An amazing bit of history that she told us about. Love the old cart in the adjacent garden. (Go to www.bbc.co.uk/norfolk and click on listen again)

Tuesday I'm at rhe Norfolk Showground at the Newday 09 Festival. Around 7000 young Christians are mostly under canvass for this week long event. I'm just in time for bacon butty! Left, Radio Norfolks Emma Philpotts with Bethany, Sophie & Daniel. Next to them, Stef Liston, a member of the leadership team (about 1000 strong to organise the whole event). At nine they all make their way to the giant marquee (the size of a football pitch) and as you can see inside, all the stage technology for the seminars and they all bring their own pillows to rest on!


The postcode lottery Wednesday brings me to Swaffham PE37 and the Ex-Servicemen's Club on Lynn Road. Bar Steward John Drage(right) and Councillor Charles Gunner tellme about the struggle to keep membership up especially as Swaffham has very few social venues to offer. The problem is attracting younger customers whilst on the Breakfast Show we're talking about all the trouble that happens down Prince Of Wales Road in the city. Ironic really that both have such different problems.

Thursday and one of those mornings when the Producer says "go out and find me a story." It's the Postcode Lottery again and NR9 had proved fruitless from the Forum based team so off I went. The Marriotts Way runs through with the River Blackwater trickling down into the Wensum Valley. Pictured left, the steps leading up from the old railway line and built using the old sleepers. It's just next door that I find David Sayer at Blackwater Farm just getting over the last Eventing fixture for the season. Here he is on his 160 acre eventing field just the other side of rows of stable blocks used for livery. A remarkable piece of countryside.
So to Friday and two places to cover. First, the shop and flat repossessed by Broadland District Council. They can't trace the owner of the property and locals don't want it to become an eyesore. Amazing that someone somewhere owns this property and may be prepared to lose it! Co-incidentally, the postcode lottery comes up NR26 which happens to cover Sheringham where the carnival week is coming to a close. I'm pleased to see that nearly all of the swarms of ladybirds have now gone or been flushed away by the rain. At St.Jospeh's church hall it's the Horticultural Society's annual show. Pictured are Joyce Harvey and Paddy Corden. You work out which is which! Then on the seafront Chair of Sheringham Carnival Committee Helena Beresford who's looking worn out after what is a long week in her calendar and she tells me that work on next years event will start this October so there is just time for her to rest up!

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