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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, September 28, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue 28 Sept - 2 Oct 09

Monday and we begin a new series on the Breakfast Show called From Plough To Plate looking at how we get our food. Today, beef. This is farmer Nick Anema on his Toftwood farm with the Aberdeen Angus cattle that produce his beef. Locally reared, butchered and sold at farmers markets. What makes it so good is that the fat runs through the meat but he says you have to be careful that you don't over-fatten them! Next, down the road, we're looking at what happened to all the Woolies stores in Norfolk. Here in Dereham Market place I meet Town Clerk Tony Needham and local businessman Steve Cross. Behind them the old Woolies which has now been taken over by Poundstretcher. Much better than a large empty store leaving a gap in the retail heart of the town.
It's tatty Tuesday - well in North Walsham these members of the council are bemoaning the fact that there's so many derelict sites on all approaches to the town. They're seeking the assistance of the District Council to get them cleaned up. Left Brian Wexler and Sheila Gadden spoke to me outside the former HP (then HL) canning factory. At one time a major employer. Ironically, as we spoke on-air, men and machines moved within the 18 acre site so there's obviously something going to happen to at least this site!
Twenty-five years ago as a young reporter I was here to witness the Argyle Street seige! Now they're pulling part of it down again because of structural problems. 20 dwellings will go - said City Councillor Brenda Arthur (pictured) but everyone will be rehoused or compensated. Then it's off to Thurlton for our series from plough to plate. Enterprising couple from Devon, David and Hayley Haines have taken on the run down Post Office and encouraged local people to bring their home produce to sell. They hope to extend this into a regular farmers-type market. Already they're selling local artists pictures and wood turnings. If this is the way to keep the local village store we wish them every success.
On the left, Thursdays Plough to Plate visit to Wood Farm at Marsham where farmer Tony Bambridge grows horseradish. Only a handful of farms in the country grow this limited crop but theirs is particularly strong. After chopping he's seen here putting the root cuttings into stripper after which they're hand peeled to perfection and pickled in vinegar ready to go to the manufacturer who shreds them and makes the sauce.
Next, to Whitlingham Water Sports park. On the left of the right hand picture, Derek Murphy, deputy leader of Norfolk County Council with special guest (centre) Sir Keith Mills, deputy chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee here to see the facility for himself. From what he told me, he's well impressed with East Anglia and I'm sure that we'll see some of the worlds hopefuls training here in the next few years.
I round off the wek at North Walsham. At the High School, Head of Media Studies, James Coulson introduces some of the students who've taken part in a film-making project. They travelled to Europe gathering students along the way. The film, set in Romania, gets its' premiere tonight at a private showing in the Curve cinema. The DVD will be released next month. It's a horror movie called V Positive involving 18 English kids, 12 Romanians and ten Germans. Proceeds from the DVD sales will help fund a trip for students to Auschwitz.
Next, former student of North Walsham High (now at Paston College), Meg Crayford-Noble has a website to help people with eating disorders. She started it after encounters with people suffering from bulimia and anorexia. Fundraising tonight is a show at the Little Theatre Sheringham featuring all kinds of music and dancing. Her website is www.fighttolive.co.uk

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