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Monday, April 19, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 26 - 30 April


So another new week begins with a trip to Reepham High School and College to meet some the teachers and students who couldn't get back home during the recent flight chaos. Left to right, Simona, Tim Reeve International Co-ordinator, teacher Ailsa McColville, student Hannah, deputy Head Mark Farrar, students Jack and Angus and languages teacher James Hayward.
In February 2009 I observed that the old Whitwell station just down the road was reopening as a tourist attraction so today I thought I'd take a peek at how things were progressing. As you can see from the pick the yard is full of stuff including an old cast iron footbridge (in bits) which apparently is going to the mid Norfolk railway. The buildings have been repointed and walking along the Marriotts way you run parrallel with a quarter of a mile of newly laid track. It's all looking good.

Tastes of Anglia is an organisation that promotes food and drink in the region and pictured with Chief Executive Julie West are (left to right) Tim Williams from New Spitalfields market, Peter Clarke of Western International Markets and local producer of mushrooms John Clay. It's an opportunity for growers to meet suppliers and local Norfolk produce is in demand.

Plans have been submitted for a £2.8m gymnastics centre and an upgraded 7-a-side football pitch at the UEA Sportspark. Director of PE & Sport, Keith Nicholls (left) told me how the demand was there to serve Norfolk better at this increasingly popular venue. Then I travelled to Wymondham where the Market Cross has been set alight last night. A nearby shop assistant ran out with a fire extinguisher and dowsed the flame in a pillar of the ancient building. As you can see, the hole where the fire was started was only small but left unchecked it could have caused major damage. Hopefully the council will fill it with something non-flamable! Finally, I took listener Rodney Sherman (right) to Snetterton recycling centre. Along with Bergh Apton, Wereham, Wells and Wymondham, these centres are now only part time. Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week, Rodney says it's already resulting in an increase in fly tipping and longer queues at the sites when they are open. Something denied by the council.

From the start of the early show we were aware that there'd been a big fire in the centre of Wisbech. Pictured left is Ben Rickett, House Manager for the National Trusts Peckover House, a fine historic Georgian house built in 1722. It is situated juat yards away from the former Pheonix Hotel which caught fire in the early hours. As you can see, the fire brigade did a tremendous job in confining the blaze to the one property in the terraced row. It could have been much worse. It remains to be seen if the burnt out shell will now be demolished.

Friday morning bright and clear and a lovely drive past Horsey Windpump to the Poppyland Restaurant owned by Kevin Eastwood. The restaurant is in a converted barn and Kevin often meets walkers who talk about the seal population. Apparently it's increased hugely over the past few years and whilst we're hearing that Morston and Blakeney are seeing less of the creatures it's interesting to note that they seem have have come further south!

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