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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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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 22 - 26 Feb


The search for Norfolk's lost mouments and here's Derehams windmill trying proudly to shine in the early sunshine. Centre pic - Stanley Drew who called us, right Geoff Hayton Chairman of the Trustees. They and many of their friends say it's a shame that there's no funding available to keep the mill in good repair. It's closed to the public now but the picnic tables that surround show that at one time this was a lovely spot to visit. Let's hope some money is found from 'somewhere' ! Then my journey takes me across country to North Walsham just in time to speak to local historian Neil Storey. He tells us the tale of the last battle of the Peasants Revolt of 1381 when the Bishop of Norwich slaughtered the last of the rebels on a field behind where this monument now stands. Neil would like some local parking, a few signs and a walk around the site instated so that visitors could see this significant lost treasure for themselves. Will it happen?

It was an early morning jog round Whitlingham Country Park for Stephen Bumfrey so I took the radio car there for a broadcast with Stephen and Physical Activity Officer for Broadland District Council, Dan Goodwin. It was the start of a new course called Boot Camp and you can hear more on Stephens afternoon show today (or iPlayer) After that it was the second morning for a run to North Walsham but this time it was to meet dad Wayne Pardon who told the remarkable story of his 9 year old daughter Bethany. Watching X Factor the observed that the rash on her foot was similar to the symptoms of a girl with leukaemia. Quick thinking and an early diagnosis means that Bethany is in Addenbrookes having treatment which, if left undisvovered could have been life threatening. As it is she's an 85% chance of a full recovery. On the notice board there dad Wayne saw a poster for awards by Cancer Research UK and having told them Bethany's story she's been given one of their Little Star awards and her brother Josh gets a certificate as well to acknowledge how the whole family have to pull together to beat the disease. Well done all of them!

The recent floods in Medeira meant that some travellers were unsure whether it was safe or prudent to travel there and cancelled their holidays. I went to talk to Deanna Auker, Marketing Manager for Norwich International. The flood damage was localised to the old part of Funchal the capital and she says that remedial work will soon have the toen back in order. Despite the tragic loss of life the island economy depends wholly on tourism so the sooner that gets back to normal the better. Flights from Norwich begin next month, in April.
Friday and a chance to see the Lotus Elite originally owned by designer Colin Chapman. Built in 1979 and now just restored the proud new owner is David Ward (centre). In fact this is the SECOND time that he's owned it! After Colin Chapman, four other people had possession before David became the sixth owner but a young family meant he parted with the Lotus which then went into storage by the 7th owner. That was twenty years ago and since then that owner has passed away giving David the opportunity of buying it back. Lotus have provided a certificate of authenticity and Dave even has a photo of Colin Chapman with the car taken in front of what we guess was him home. It's all original and there were on 6 of this make in this colour which is Martini Green. As for the other five? Nobody seems to know - unless YOU know different?

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