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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, November 2, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue 2-6 November


Monday 2nd and the M1 is 50 years old today along with Watford Gap Services. Here's our equivalent on the A47, the Cafe where I met up with Peter Butler Manager of the South Eastern Region of the Road Haulage Association.Does Norfolk need a motorway? No - he thinks not. Just better dual carriageways would help. Lots of calls saying that we don't need them! Then to Cringleford where the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in this bugalow on Brettingham Avenue. A quiet leafy backwater where the murders have shocked the locals. Apparently one suspect has been held for questioning and the Police are anxious to reassure everyone that there are no other suspects.

Lotus Factory at Hethel is my first call for Tuesday. Just look what I found round the back of the paint sheds! A replica Spitfire which Lotus are refurbishing for next years 70th Battle of Britain anniversary. Pictured here with Customer Services Manager Neil Turner.
Next, I'm at County Hall where there's a protest about the possible closure of the Essex and Silver Rooms. These day care centres provide for frail and mentally ill people and I'm speaking with Alison Birmingham of Unison.

Turning off street lights to save money and help the environment. Today it's under discussion by the County Council. Out on the street I met up with Andrew Boswell, a green County councellor who thinks there's a limited reduction to be made. Not far away, I'm on Marlpit Lane which has been closed for some time now because of work on Hellesdon Bridge. Callers are asking why it's taking so long and the explanation for the extended works comes from David McCarter, a bridge engineer for Norfolk County Council. At nearly 200 years old the bridge (like any old structure) threw up some structural problems but he assures us it will open on the new scheduled date early December.
After returning to the Forum I got to meet the people I'm filming the Christmas Special with. Here's just a glimpse. If you can't work out who it is I'm fairly sure I'll be able to reveal all tomorrow!!

Bonfire day - good old Guy Fawkes. First I'm talking about farmers doing more to protect water supplies and wildlife with Chris Allhusen on his farm at Bradenham. Chris also supplies me with a couple of bags of hay with which to 'build' our very own Guy. Thanks to the Break Charity shop, Michelle there fixes me up with some cast off clothing. Jeans, a rugby shirt, hat and scarf. Perfect for our remodelled Chris Goreham who takes in good spirit when we sit him opposite 'himself' in the studio!
Last job of the week before I go on leave and it's congratulations to Vic Gosling seen here at Ranworth Broad. Vic's completed nearly 45 years on the Broads Dredging Team and seen every part of the broads. Today they'll celebrate his retirement with a meal at the Oaklands in Norwich. Vic's wife already has the list of jobs drawn up! Which reminds me - so has mine!! Good luck Vic.

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