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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.
Wally joined BBC Radio Norfolk when it began broadcasting on September 11th 1980 and has been there ever since.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue 1 - 4 September 2009

Tuesday and it feels like Monday. That's Bank Holidays for you! Two jobs - first, with ceremonies taking place to mark the first events of the start of WWII, I'm at the home of aviation expert Martin Bowman. Surrounded by his books and walls full of aircraft pictures we talk about the development of the airfields in Norfolk. Then to Horsford to meet Sam. He's had trouble getting a school bus to Aylsham where he's about to start studying for his GCSE's. Sam's blind and likes his school but the County Council suggested that he moves to another school in order to get a place on a bus. Fortunately he didn;t have to do that after his mum appraoched the BBC and other organisations to help. Sam will start his new term at Aylsham after all!
Wednesday and a call from listener Peter Harrison who's just had a loft extension. New building regs say that at least 25% of new light fittings need to use low energy bulbs so, the contractor had no choice but to fit new style bulbs to get the buildings certificate. However, the new fittings take a THREE pin bayonet and Peter called us after he'd desperately tried to get hold of THREE pin bulbs. None to be found! Our research tells us that this is an interim measure to ensure that people comply and, as old style filament bulbs are no longer being made, so the three pin will disappear again and we'll all have to use TWO pin energy saving bulbs !!!! Is that clear ?
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Nostalgia rules for Thursday. With 70 years gone since war was declared, I'm at the former RAF Coltishall (my home for nearly seven years) to talk to estate manager Mervyn Cousins (left) and John Welton from the 'Spirit of Coltishall' group. First at the remaining Spifire revetment which will be preserved and will be accessible to visitors eventually. As you can see (centre) this is probably the first time in 70 years that weeds have been seen in front of the hangars! I'm inside No.1 hangar where the paintings from the first Gulf War still adorn the hangar doors at the west end. Finally, we go up the tower. The last time I was up there was on the last day of flying from where I observed the final take-off from the station (along with a few thousand others) We weren't ALL in the tower of course!
Friday after a short bank holiday week. East Anglian Motor Auctions have a sale of classic cars tomorrow (Saturday) including this 100 year-old Romany caravan. It's expected to go for thousands but it does need an awful lot of specialist work. Tristram Smith showed me inside - small!
Then cross country to Horning and a group of anxious parents protesting about the school bus provision. You have to live 3 miles away from the school to qualify for free bus travel but concerned parents like Nicola Moody (righ next to Councillor Paul Rice) say it's unfair. Some students that need funding fall just inside the 3 mile rule whilst others who can afford it live just outside. They're asking for the Council to use some common sense!

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